Cylinder seal

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


Object Place: Babylon

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .15 x .9 mm.

Accession Number

34.1452

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Fragment of a cylinder seal. A bearded human figure wearing a short skirt and mantle faces a deity wearing an elaborate horned crown and a long pleated garment. Between them appears a crescent. Behind the bearded figure is a nude goddess in front view her hands resting below her breasts. At the end of the scene is a panel with two lines of inscription.

Provenance

By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.*
(Accession date: December 6, 1934)

*Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund