Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian
1894–1595 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .27 x .12 mm.

Accession Number

34.1451

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Presentation scene: Underworld god Nergal holding lion-staff and sickle-sword with one foot on “lion demon,” and face and torso shown frontally. Toward him approaches a royal figure holding mace and wearing skull-cap with turban. Behind the royal figure is a tutelary divinity wearing a long fleeced garment with both hands raised. Cuneiform inscription in two vertical bands: “dingir martu / dumu anna,” (for the god) Martu, son of Heaven.”

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