Cylinder seal

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


Object Place: Sumer

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 25.1 mm x 15

Accession Number

65.1486

Medium or Technique

Haematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

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?).

Provenance

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)