Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Mesopotamian


Legacy dimension: 27.1 mm x 15.7

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. At right, Shamash, identified by the saw he holds in right hand, with foot on stool, serpent or dragon above his shoulder. A suppliant with long garment, round cap, and turban (king?) offering a kid stands in front of him. Between them is a demon or creature crouching over the footstool, above it a standard? surmounted by star inscribed in crescent. Behind the suppliant are two lion-demons?(symbols of the underworld god Nergal), one standing on two legs on ground, the other floating above in the form of a standard or emblem. Farthest left, interceding goddess with flounced garment and horned crown. Inscription in two columns.


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)