Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Levantine, Syrian
Late Bronze Age, Mitannian
1500–1350 B.C.


Object Place: Syria

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 5 x 2.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

1972.71

Medium or Technique

Hematite

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

This seal is unique in its representation of what seems to be an actual event. A group of warriors dressed in the garb associated with the Mitannians of North Syria is engaged in battle with coastal Syrians who wear an Aegean-type garb. The central pair of battling figures is in larger scale than the surrounding figures, a technique used to represent the king leading his troops in battle.

Provenance

By 1971, with Fouad Alouf (dealer), Beirut; 1972, sold by Alouf to J. J. Klejman (dealer), New York; 1972, sold by Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1972)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund