Cylinder seal

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

Object Place: Babylon


.27 x .17 mm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Presentation scene. Figure of a king, bearded and wearing kilt, skull-cap and turban, standing between suppliant goddess and another male intercessor with long pleated garment, approaches a deity (Underworld god Nergal?) one of whose feet is resting on a rampant quadruped. Above the quadruped is a crouching mongoose. Between king and male intercessor is a smaller human figure with three round drilled impressions above him. In the field between god and male intercessor is an orb inscribed in crescent. Inscription in three columns.


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