Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Early Dynastic Period
2900–2334 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x diameter: 2.6 x 1.3 cm (1 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1985.107

Medium or Technique

Stone; Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

The sun god Utu in a boat, holding a steering oar, accompanied by a goddess holding a standard. The boat’s prow terminates in the torso of a god wearing a horned crown; the stern ends in a serpent’s head. Between prow and stern are a human-headed animal, a bird, and a scorpion.

Provenance

By 1985: Eshagh Sakhaei, Brighton, MA; 1985: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Sakhaei, 27 February 1985.
(Accession date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund