Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Levantine, Syrian
Period of International Exchanges
1500–1350 B.C.


Overall: Length 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Haematite, intaglio

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Asia, The Ancient World



Two bullmen (kusarikku’s) hold a standard surmounted by a cartouche (the sign ankh between two birds). To the left, a tall female figure holding the ankh sign stands with two figures who face her, an Egyptian-looking male figure under a winged globe, and a goddess (Hathor?). Between them is a young boy with side lock. S.L. 9.


By 1897: Count Michael Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 247; 1898: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1898
(Accession Date: January 1, 1898)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund