Cylinder seal

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


Object Place: Sumer-Akkadian

Dimensions

Length: 0.033

Accession Number

34.201

Medium or Technique

Hornblende

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Mythological scene. The sun-god Shamash, rises over the eastern hills with rays extending from his shoulders. A horned attendant opens the gates of the morning. Following the attendant approaches another human figure. The scene may be representing the emergence of the sun-god from the East after his nocturnal journey in the Underworld.

Provenance

By 1934: R.S. Cooke collection, Harrow Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from R.S. Cooke.*
(Accession date: June 7, 1934)
* Eighteen seals, 34.191-34.208, were purchased as a group for £201.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund