Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Mesopotamian


Legacy dimension: 22.7 mm x 11.4

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Lion demon (Ugallu) with upraised dagger holds animal in other hand. Panel composed of 5 columns containing vertical rows of 5 tortoises, 4 birds, 7 human heads, single elongated snake given crenellated shape, and 7 fish. Between the column of birds and that of human heads is a lion-demon standard surmounted by disk, symbol of the Underworld god Nergal.


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)