Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
883–612 B.C.

Object Place: Mesopotamia


Overall: 3.3 x 1.4 cm (1 5/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gray chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Neo-Assyrian, Early modeled Style. Two bird-headed beings (“apkallu’s”/antediluvian sages) holding cone (mulillu/purifier) and bucket (banduddu) flank and fertilize “sacred tree” surmounted by winged sun-disk (Assur disk). Inscription to left of tree, spade symbol of Marduk (the marru) to right of tree, bird and plant in field. Star above bird-headed being at right, crescent above the one at left.


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.
(Accession Date: November 10, 1965)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)