Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian
883–612 B.C.


Object Place: Assyria

Dimensions

2.7 x 1.4 cm (1 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

45.215

Medium or Technique

White Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Neo-Assyrian drilled style. Cylinder seal depicting bearded hero or genius holding two bearded sphinxes addorsed with a “sacred tree” between them. Above the tree, winged disk with bearded head of a god (Ashur or the sun god Shamash). Crescent, star and goat in the field.

Provenance

By 1945: with Charles L. Morley (ex. Brett Collection); 1945: purchased by the MFA.*

(Accession Date: April 12, 1945)

*Two seals, 45.215 and 45.216, were purchased together for $126.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund