Cylinder seal

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


Object Place: Mesopotamia

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 35.5 mm x 23.7 (22)

Accession Number

65.1450

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Sun god Shamash with shoulder flames and dagger rising between twin mountains after his nightly journey in the Underworld. Two gods hold open the “gates of heaven.”

Provenance

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