Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0103A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic II, 28th – 27th century BCE
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.9 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.8 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 22 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Limestone
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Light Olive Brown (2.5Y 5/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

A slate colored stone seal, about one and one third inches in length. It pictures a nude human figure, with a bird like beak and horns. Two rampant lions with heavy (drill work) meins (sic) constitute one group. Another group of figures on the seal shows a part of a human figure between two rampant animals and apparently grasping each by the head. Porada: Two crossed lions, the head of one of which is grasped by a bull-man holding an indeterminable weapon in his other hand; a (horned?) demon, whose legs are two goats, grasping in each hand one of the goat tails, which end in serpent's heads.

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Comparanda N/A

Scheil, Revue d'Assyriologie, Pl. I #4, Rogers 6, p. 23. Publ. Kelekian RH Revue d'Assyrologique 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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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