Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0119A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic II, 27th century BCE
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 1.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.5 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 7 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Marble, Stone--Onyx
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Light Olive Brown (2.5Y 5/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small semi-translucent seal with a linear design. Animals in very unsual posotions. About every other is upside down. The animals are poorly drawn and indistinguishable. The only figure on the seal that can be easily discerned is a scorpion. Porada: A horned animal (reversed); a lion; a second lion (reversed); a second horned animal. Terminal: a scorpion. Note the balanced composition.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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