Cylinder Seal

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c 1900 BC
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Near Eastern
CBS Register: cylinder seal. hematite. Samash. Martu, 3 worshippers and small fig. c. 1900 BC 24 x 13 mm
UE X: a worshipper brings a kid as an offering to his god represented as an active hero of the Samas type but holding a short weapon horizontally. Like him he wears a horned mitre, beard, chignon, a pleated shawl hanging from the waist and open in front to let pass his bare leg, which rests on a bull recumbent. This is a mythical animal with beard and horned mitre, the "bull of heaven." The worshipper in turban and fringed shawl is followed by a number of Amorite figures. First, Martu with turban, splayed beard, short fringed shawl, and club in hand. Next, two little nude men wearing only a belt. One of them is apparently double-faced. Then two more Amorites, worshippers, or servants. The first wears a turban and a long fringed robe and keeps his hands clasped. The second, in short tunic and shawl, is like Martu but without the club. Haematite cylinder.
Credit Line:
British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1926
Other Number:
U.6255   -   Field No SF
UE X: 475   -   Other Number

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