Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian
1894–1595 B.C.


Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brownish chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. A worshipper figure wearing a long fringed robe, skull-cap and turban (king?) offering libation in front of a two-faced divinity (Usmu) one of whose feet rests on a cross-hatched footstool. The deity holds the lion-demon standard, an emblem of the underworld god Nergal. Behind worshipper stand a figure with shaven head (priest?) carrying bucket and vessel, and a suppliant goddess with raised hands. B.B. 295.1.


By 1925: Edward Perry Warren collection (bought in Paris); 1925: lent to the MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925; 1927: purchased by the MFA from Edward Perry Warren.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912