Early Dynastic III Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Early Dynastic III Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0113A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, 28th Century BCE
Culture Early Akkadian
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.2 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 6 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Marble
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Yelloish White (5Y 9/1) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A white stone seal divided into two registers. This seal is no doubt rather late, although the engraving is crude. It is known that haematite seals were the vogue until the Kashshite Period. The lower register is made up of a procession of animals; including the goat, the ibex, and the horse. The upper register is made up of crabs, scorpions, and fantastic winged human figures. The heads of many of these are made in drill work. Porada: ABOVE: Two facing seated figures drinking from a vessel through tubes; an attendant behind one of the figures. Terminal(?): An eagle with spread wings. BELOW: A bull, and a goat being pursued by a lion. There is a band of oblique lines between the registers. No common axis of scenes of upper and lower register.

Description N/A

compare Strat. Cyl. 315


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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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