Cylinder Seal


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0111A)
  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 BCE
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 2.3 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 35 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Grayish Yellow (2.5Y 8.5/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A light colored seal a little over an inch in length. The surface is badly damaged so the figures as scarcely discernable, but one human figure and several rampant animals can be distinguished. Porada: Two human-headed bulls held by a nude bearded hero; a hero grasping a horned animal; a lion attacking the latter and being menaced by a long-haired bull-man. Terminal: Horizontal parallel lines dividing an empty space.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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