Cylinder Seal


From: Iraq

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B14481
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq
Period Sargonic
Section Near Eastern
Materials Serpentine

PBS XIV: The birdman is brought in judgment before the seated god Ea surrounded by streams and fishes. The streams escape from a slender vase which the god holds in his extended left. He has a horned mitre, a flounced robe covering his right shoulder, and his hair tied in a loop behind. He is seated on a plain cubic throne.

The birdman has his hands bound and is led by a bifrons armed with a club (?). This divine attendant has a horned mitre and a plaited skirt down to the feet. In the field there are a lizard, a club and a tree, suggesting vegetation protected against all enemies.

Concave cyl. seal. Serpentine, 31 ½ x 19 mm. MS Coll.

Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number PBS XIV: 178 - Other Number | P269447 - CDLI Number

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