Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0108A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic III, 2600–2334 BC
Culture N/A
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 2.1 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 29 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Light Yellowish Brown (10YR 6/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A bone seal, light tan in color and about one and one fourth inches in length. Fairly elaborate in design, but a hole disfigures one side. From the general character I am convinced that it was not all hand carving, but that some type of a wheel was used. A section of the seal is given over to a single animal, while another section is divided into two registers. The large animal represents an antelope standing on tis haunches with the fore feet in the air, head turned backward. The work is sufficiently detailed to show two ears, an eye, a nose, and a goat-tee. Here again we have a rampant group of animals. A third animal, similar to the ones of the group, is partially destroyed. On the portion of the seal divided into two registers is a small animal standing on its haunches and a seven pointed star, then beneath a scorpion. Porada: A horned(?) animal crossed with a human-headed bull; an antelope; two crossed lions, one seizing the antelope, the other attacking a goat(?), on the other side. Terminal: horizontal lines with bull(?) rampant over a star, above, and a scorpion below.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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