Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Mesopotamian


Overall: 2.8 x 1.7 cm (1 1/8 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. Divinity wearing horned crown, holding ring and rod, seated on temple-altar stool on a low platform with recessed panelling. His feet rest on human headed bull (lamassu). Another human-headed bull in field above. A male suppliant also wearing horned crown presents the seated god a kid. Three interceding gods behind male suppliant, the one at right female, depicted in profile, with upraised hands; the one at center male, depicted frontally with hands clasped against abdomen; the one at left female, also depicted frontally with hands clasped against abdomen. Field elements: above from left to right, a frontal Lahmu head, a frontal bearded god head with horned crown, a goddess head in profile, a shaven male head in profile; below from left to right, a full-sized human figure in smaller scale wearing round cap and turban (king?), a lion-fish mischwesen, a lion.


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)