Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Sumer


Legacy dimension: 29.8 mm x 17

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. Enthroned deity with horned crown and flounced garment is approached by suppliant female deity also with horned headdress and flounced garment holding by hand a shaven headed worshipper (probably owner of seal) who holds his right hand in front of his mouth. Solar disk inscribed in crescent in field between enthroned deity and suppliant deity. Inscription panel of three columns behind suppliant deity. Underneath inscription panel is another scene in much smaller scale. The hero Lahmu, naked, crouching, and holding flowing vessel, is flanked by two female deities with horned headdresses and flounced garments.


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)