Cylinder Seal


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0110A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic III, 28th – 27th century BC
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 1.8 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 18 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Grayish Yellow (2.5Y 8/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A light tan shell seal a little over an inch in length. The surface is badly damaged so the figures are scarcely discernable, but one human figure and several rampant lions can be distinguished. Porada: Two crossed lions attacking two horned animals; a feline(?) attacked by a hero.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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