Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian
1894–1595 B.C.


Object Place: Mesopotamian

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 22.7 mm x 11.4

Accession Number

65.1491

Medium or Technique

Haematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Lion demon (Ugallu) with upraised dagger holds animal in other hand. Panel composed of 5 columns containing vertical rows of 5 tortoises, 4 birds, 7 human heads, single elongated snake given crenellated shape, and 7 fish. Between the column of birds and that of human heads is a lion-demon standard surmounted by disk, symbol of the Underworld god Nergal.

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)