Cylinder Seal

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Object Number:B5056
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Babylonian
Section:Near Eastern
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition Purchase, 1890
Other Number:PBS XIV: 174 - Other Number
P261248 - CDLI Number


CBS Register: Babylonian seal cylinder, serpentine

PBS XIV: The birdman is brought in judgement and led by officers of the divine court who have arrested him, in the presence of a seated god. This god is surrounded by streams, flowing from a small round vase in his left hand, and a fish swims along the stream in front. His bare right hand is extended. He has a long flounced robe, covering the left shoulder, a horned mitre, his hair tied in a loop behind. His seat is a square stool, with cross bars, no back, and no pedestal. There are a flat crescent and two stars above.

The birdman has the long beard, head, arms, chest of a man; the body, legs, feet, wings and tail of a bird. He is led by force with arms tied behind his back. A bifrons leads the procession. He has his hands clasped, and a plaited skirt down to the ankles. The second officer has only a loin cloth reaching above the knee. Both wear the horned mitre as becomes divine attendants, but with bare chests and arms to show that they are servants of the god.

Last of all the human worshiper with bare head, short hair, long beard and plaited skirt brings a kid as an offering. Concave cyl. seal. Serpentine, 34 ½ x 22 mm

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[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

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