Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Levantine, Syrian
Late Bronze Age, Mitannian
1500–1350 B.C.

Object Place: Syria


Height x diameter: 5 x 2.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Asia, The Ancient World



This seal is unique in its representation of what seems to be an actual event. A group of warriors dressed in the garb associated with the Mitannians of North Syria is engaged in battle with coastal Syrians who wear an Aegean-type garb. The central pair of battling figures is in larger scale than the surrounding figures, a technique used to represent the king leading his troops in battle.


By 1971, with Fouad Alouf (dealer), Beirut; 1972, sold by Alouf to J. J. Klejman (dealer), New York; 1972, sold by Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1972)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund