Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Early Dynastic Period
2900–2334 B.C.

Object Place: Sumeria


.27 x .17 mm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Petrified shell

Not On View


The Ancient World



Two registers are separated by a line. The upper register - an eagle with outspread wings holds two animals by their rumps. Before one animal appears a scorpion, a six or seven pointed roughly engraved star, a scorpion man (?) driving a quadruped before him above whose back appears two vessels, and a much worn unrecognizable design. The lower register shows three much worn human figures, a group of unrecognizable designs and five more walking human figures dressed in knee length robes of sheep or goat’s skin. Before two of them appear single globes and before one of them two globes.


1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.*
(Accession date: April 2, 1936)

*40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund