Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian
Akkadian
2334–2154 B.C.


Object Place: Mesopotamian

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 27.4 mm x 13.3

Accession Number

65.1476

Medium or Technique

Yellow shell

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Seated goddess to right, recumbent bull with “winged-gate” on its back, and kneeling goddess to left. Both goddesses hold ropes attached to “winged-gate.” Star between winged gate and goddess at right. The bull is sometimes thought to be the “Bull of Heaven,” and one of the goddesses to be Ishtar. Nevertheless, the scene probably represents an Akkadian myth which is now unknown.

Provenance

By 1965: with Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems, Mrs. Horace L. Mayer. 1965 given to the MFA by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Weems, Mrs. Mayer, 10 November 1965.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)