Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0102A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Neo-Assyrian, 700–620 BCE
Culture Neo-Assyrian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.0 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 4 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Light Gray (N6.75) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small semi-translucent cylinder. At the top of the seal are seven dots, representing the seven god spirits. Just below this is a table with four crossed legs. A cloth covers the table and on it is perhaps food. To the right of the tables stands a god. Both hands are raised, one seems to be resting on the table. Back of this figure is a star, the symbol of a god. Following the God is a worshiper, with both hands raised. On the left side of the table is the king seated on a four-legged stool, with a low back. On his head-dress can be seen four feathers, the symbol of royalty. The seal is divided by a tall standard and a half moon. Porada: Two worshipers facing a goddess enthroned before a table spread with a cloth. In the field: A crescent, a star, and seven spheres in the sky. Terminal: A spade and a stylus ( the symbols of Marduk and Nabu).

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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 no
Reproduction Information N/A

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