Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0116A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Early Akkadian, 31ST – 21ST century BC
Culture Akkadian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.2 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 6 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Serpentine
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Black (N2.25) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small black seal similar to No. 11 save that it has only one human figure. The design is broken by a serpent. Here a man stands between two ibexes and two lions. The engravings are beginning to show some muscular development, and hands can be easily seen on the human figure. Porada: A hero in the center, flanked on one side by a bull and on the other by an antelope, each of which is being attacked on its other side by a lion. Terminal: a snake. Note the balanced composition.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Scheil, Revue d'Assyriologie, Pl. I #12, Rogers 12, p.22. 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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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