Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Levantine, Syrian
Period of International Exchanges
mid-2nd millennium B.C.


Legacy dimension: 0.017 Length:

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Asia, The Ancient World



A god wearing high headdress and holding thunderbolt in each hand stands with extended foot touching a bull’s head, above which is an eagle flying head down. He is approached by a warrior (or king) with axe and scimitar wearing a closed turban. Behind him stands a goddess with uplifted hands, wearing a high headdress and flounced skirt. Behind the two deities is a guilloche above which a seated lion and beneath, a human-headed, winged seated lion.


By 1934: R.S. Cooke collection, Harrow Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from R.S. Cooke.*
(Accession date: June 7, 1934)
* Eighteen seals, 34.191-34.208, were purchased as a group for £201.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund