Cylinder Seal


Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 35-1-16
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area PJ, cf. G99
Section Near Eastern
Materials Jadeite
Iconography Chariot | Dragon

Jadeite. Enlil driving chariot, Ninlil on winged dragon. Ur-gis-me-e

UE X: the god of atmosphere, goad and whip in hands, rides standing on his primitive chariot drawn by a mythical dragon. His wife, holding right and let in her extended hands two S-shaped thunderbolts, stands erect between the wings of the monster. A quiver hangs from her shoulders. Her head is turned back facing the god. Both wear the horned mitre and long hair, flowing down the shoulders of the goddess but tied into a chignon for the god. Her dress is a tight-fitting robe; his, a pleated skirt and belt.

The dragon is half-lion half-eagle, with claws and feather tail. Its head, lowered down, is belching forth mist, rain and a powerful roar.

The chariot, wheel, pole, splash board, fenced sides, and back drop, is almost a copy of the copper Pre-dynastic model found at Tell-Agrab, with the driver standing astride the massive body. THe god's cloak, discarded, hangs over the back.

The owner of the seal, Ur-gis-me-e, stands before the chariot raising one hand in sign of worship. He wears a tunic, an open shawl hanging from the waist down, beard and long hair tied in a chignon, and a mitre with one pair of horns and central feathers, of Pre-Sargonid style. Black steatite cylinder. Found with U.18921

Length 2.4 cm
Width 1.4 cm
Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1935
Other Number U.18922 - Field No SF | UE X: 92 - Other Number | P468624 - CDLI Number | UM 35-01-016 - Other Number

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