Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0104A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic, 28th – 27th century BCE
Culture N/A
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 2.0 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 24 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Steatite
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Moderate Reddish Brown (10R 3/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A stone seal, red in color about one and one fourth inches in length. Perhaps the omst interesteing figure of this seal is a nude man, amrs and limbs have ceased to be mere lines and the body is somewhat better formed. The head is still bird like but is graced by three feathers and a pig tail. The right arm is raised as if to strike a dagger into the back of the beast standing on its haunches, and one of a group of four animals apparently attacking a second human figure. Porada: A nude hero, with upturned curls, attacking with a dagger a lion grasping a gull; a nude bearded hero clasping the latter as well as a similar animal on his other side; a lion attacking the second bull and meing menaced by a long-haired bull-man wielding a dagger. "General Overview": Lions attacking antelope, bull, goats. Human figure with a dagger is fighting against the lions. All human figures are nude and there appeared some indication of worship toward nature (sun, star), aolthough worship towards nature (water, mountain, tree, etc.) was not very popular.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Scheil, Revue d'Assyriologie, Pl. I #1, Rogers 9, p. 22. publ. Kelikian RA No. 1 Amier, Glyphique Mes. Archaique, pl. 129: 1735 (Tell ? ) 1733m Syri 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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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