Cylinder seal

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


Object Place: Babylon

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .15 x .7 mm.

Accession Number

36.213

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Presentation scene. A bearded god, wearing a horned crown and a long pleated skirt open in front, and carrying a “saw” is approached by a bearded figure wearing a horned crown, a short skirt or tunic, and a mantle, and carrying a mace. Behind this figure is a comb-shaped symbol and a vessel, and a human figure wearing a fleece garment with one arm raised. At the end of the scene is a staff surmounted by a crescent.

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