Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Ur III
2112–2004 B.C.


Object Place: Sumerian/ Babylonian

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: H. 3.1 cm Diameter 1.8 cm [/] 0.031.1

Accession Number

65.389

Medium or Technique

Black steatite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Presentation scene. Enthroned divinity with horned headdress surmounted by crescent, probably the Moon god Nanna/Sin, holding handled cup in one hand, is approached by a female tutelary divinity with long garment and horned headdress holding by hand a worshipper (owner of seal?). Solar disk inscribed in crescent between the two deities in the upper field, and a long vessel in the lower. Three columns of inscription in Sumerian: “Urnanshe, son of Merkagina, chief of the ‘tailors’.” The seal probably originates in Lagash where both the names Urnanshe and Merkagina are attested.

Provenance

By 1930: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; 1930: given to the MFA by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes, 10 March 1965.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes, Edward Jackson Holmes Collection