Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian
883–612 B.C.


Object Place: Assyria

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .29 x .16

Accession Number

41.479

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

A bearded winged genius holding sickle sword (Ninurta?) seizes a winged scaly griffin (Anzu or Asakku?). At right, Assyrian “sacred tree” surmounted by solar disk on a stepped base. Inscription between “sacred tree” and griffin: “O Marduk, protect (my) soul, give me life.”

Provenance

By 1941: with Mrs. Agnes Baldwin Brett; 1941: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Brett for $400.
(Accession Date: May 8, 1941)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund