Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Neo-Babylonian
625–539 B.C.


Object Place: Babylon

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .27 x .14 mm.

Accession Number

36.210

Medium or Technique

Mottled jasper

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

A bearded god, wearing a round cap, a short skirt or tunic, and a mantle, and holding a mace to his chest is approached by a goddess who wears an elaborate horned crown and a long fleece garment and has both hands raised. Between them appears a snake standing on its tail and a thunderbolt (two or three pronged ). At the end of the scene is a panel with four lines of an inscription.

Provenance

1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.*
(Accession date: April 2, 1936)

*40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund