University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:B14499
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Ur I
Section:Near Eastern
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:PBS XIV: 356 - Other Number
1369 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-1369 - Old Museum Number
10 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
CBS14499 - Other Number


PBS XIV: The worshiping of an unusual figure, stepping forth like Martu, one arm hanging, the other half folded holding his short shawl, but with no club, turban, nor beard. It is the very picture of the Amorite servant, who usually carries pail and libation vase. Martu was in fact a common name for a servant, before it was applied to the great Amorite god. A worshiper in turban and fringed robe adores with one hand up. A nude figure with short hair and beard, and one hand extended, seems a clumsy representation of Gilgamesh, no longer in contest with animals. “Samas” Concave cyl. seal. Hematite, 25 x 12 ½ mm. MS Coll.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1925. The Culture of the Babylonians.. The University Museum, Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XIV. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Engraved Gems: Their History and an Elaborate View of Their Place In Art.. Maxwell Sommerville. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: #1369, plate 31View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: #10View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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