Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0086A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Assyrian, 1400– 1100 BC
Culture West Asian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 0.9 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 6 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony, Stone--Quartz--Agate
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Drilling, Incising
Munsell Color Information Strong Reddish Brown (10R 3/8) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A one fourth inch seal of beautiful coloring, amber shading to red. Here the God, Marduk, fights with a monters. His left hand grasps the animal, and his right holds a boomerang drawn back, ready to strike. The picture is balanced by two tall candleabras. Porada: A winged(?) hero, with a scimitar, grasping a horned animal by the horn. Terminal motif: a "sacred tree". Porada questions the authenticity of this item.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Porada, Edith. "Concordance of Seals in the Oriental Museum, UIUC." Unpublished ms., ca. 1950. Rogers, Frances. Babylonian Seal Cylinders as a Historical Source, UIUC Master's Thesis, 1929.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction yes
Reproduction Information N/A

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