Cylinder Seal


From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16298
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area KP in rubbish
Period Old Babylonian Period
Date Made 1900-1600 BCE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Flint
Technique Inscribed
Iconography Votary | Nannar | Monkey | Dragon

CBS Register: cylinder seal. flint? A votary before Nannar. Inscribed "Samas il Aa. c.1800 bc. Vase, libation, monkey, winged dragon, etc. 26 x 15 mm

UE X: a bare-headed worshipper is introduced to a seated diety holding a very small conical object. The seal is inscribed to Samas and Aa. If this is the solar deity, he is apparently beardless, with short hair and a turban tied about his head. A lock or a loose fillet descends past his ear onto his chest. He is draped in a flounced robe. There is a squatting monkey at his knees and behind him a small nude servant holding a buckled shaft or club. His throne is built like a triple-recessed gate. The assistant leads the worshipper with one hand, and holds in the other a crescent on a short staff. He wears a flounced robe like the god, but there is on his head a distinct pair of round horns and again the curious line descending on the chest. The worshipper wears short hair and beard (?) and a pleated robe. Before him are placed the ampulla and libra, particularly well designed. Below the inscription, nude hunters, club in hand, attack a winged dragon rampant. Here again a small line connects head and chest. Grey steatite cylinder.

Length 2.5 cm
Width 1.5 cm
Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1926
Other Number U.6698 - Field No SF | UE X: 350 - Other Number | P270078 - CDLI Number

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