Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Mesopotamia


Overall: 3 x 2 cm (1 3/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Mythological/presentation scene. A god wearing sword (Tishpak?) is seated on a throne whence emerge five serpents. A bearded male votary stands in front of him presenting a plough. The god also holds part of the plough. Behind the votary stands a nude figure holding a spear in his left hand and the ring-post, symbol of Enki/Ea, in his right. An attendant god with horned headdress holds a mace or emblem behind the seated god.


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)