Stamp-cylinder seal ("the Tyszkiewicz seal")

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Hittite
Hittite
1650–1200 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 5.8 x 2.2 cm (2 5/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.706

Medium or Technique

Hematite handle on cylinder of intaglio gem

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Mythological scenes between bands of spiral ornament. An enthroned god sits amidst various cult objects before a mountain in which a human figure is buried under the god’s throne, perhaps a representation of the Underworld. Five deities approach him, one with two faces. On the right another god slays a fallen enemy, while two others burn the two-faced god on a flaming pyre. Underneath the pyre is again a buried body.

Provenance

By 1898, Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (sale: Paris, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, 1898, Collection d'antiquités du Comte Michel Tyszkiewicz, cat. by W. Froehner, no. 241, pp. 80-81, pl. XXVII, said to have been found on Cyprus); 1898, E. P. Warren (bought at Tyszkiewicz sale); 1898; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren.
(Accession Date: October 21, 1880)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund