Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Mesopotamia


Legacy dimension: 31.1 mm x 18.7

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Enthroned deity at left holds a rope attached to “winged gate” standing on a recumbent bull which faces the figure. A standing bearded figure in a long robe holds a rope extending from the other side of the winged door. Crescent and orb above the rope held by the seated figure. Even though the recumbent bull is sometimes thought to be the “Bull of Heaven,” and the winged structure the gate of night shutting in the moon god in his aspect as the young “Bull of Heaven,” the scene may be representing 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)