Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian
2334–2154 B.C.

Object Place: Mesopotamian


Legacy dimension: 27.4 mm x 13.3

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Yellow shell

Not On View


The Ancient World



Seated goddess to right, recumbent bull with “winged-gate” on its back, and kneeling goddess to left. Both goddesses hold ropes attached to “winged-gate.” Star between winged gate and goddess at right. The bull is sometimes thought to be the “Bull of Heaven,” and one of the goddesses to be Ishtar. Nevertheless, the scene probably represents an Akkadian myth which is now unknown.


By 1965: with Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems, Mrs. Horace L. Mayer. 1965 given to the MFA by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Weems, Mrs. Mayer, 10 November 1965.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)