Cylinder Seal


From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16306
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Date Made c 1900 BCE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Stone | Hematite

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.

Length 2.3 cm
Width 1.3 cm
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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