Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Jemdet Nasr
3100–2900 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .23 x .20 mm.

Accession Number

34.1448

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

A standing bull faces a reclining one. Above them appear two reclining quadrupeds facing each other. Behind the reclining bull stands a third bull facing in the opposite direction, toward a vertical zig-zag line. Above it appears a reclining animal facing in the opposite direction. Between the two last mentioned bulls appears a cluster of drill holes and above the horns of the standing bull two globes.

Provenance

By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.*
(Accession date: December 6, 1934)

*Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund