Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0109A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic III, 2600–2334 BCE
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 2.1 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 33 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Light Yellowish Brown (10YR 6/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A light tan seal partially stiped with an orange color glaze. The design is made up of animals either rampant or standing on their haunches. Porada: Two crossed lions attacking two horned animals; a nude bearded hero and long-haired bull-man wrestling. Terminal: A scorpion?

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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