Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
2112–2004 B.C.

Object Place: Sumer


Legacy dimension: 25.1 mm x 15

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. Seated god with horned crown at right holding ring and rod – royal insignia. Star and crescent in field above, small humanoid creature crouching in field below. Before the deity stands a shaven headed suppliant figure in long garment introduced by interceding goddess in flounced dress with horned crown and upraised hands. Between suppliant and interceding goddess, in field above, a small crouching creature; inscription below. Behind goddess, facing opposite direction, another shaven headed figure, wearing kilt and holding situla and stylus? Facing him stands another suppliant wearing round cap, turban, and long garment (King?).


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)