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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:B14533
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Ur I
Section:Near Eastern
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:PBS XIV: 358 - Other Number
1687 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-1687 - Old Museum Number
1668 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number


PBS XIV: The worshiping of Martu by the divine attendant as above. The emblems between are a goat fish, a tortoise, symbols of Ea and his wife (?), and a small human figure in turban and short tunic adoring with one hand up. He is perhaps the owner of the seal. His small stature proves him to be an humble servant of the god.

“Nin-shubur//pure heavenly messenger//who wields the brilliant scepter”

Concave cyl. seal. Hematite, 26 ½ x 14 mm. MS Coll.


[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
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Manual Descriptive of a Collection of Talismans Engraved on Stones and Metals of Various Countries and Epochs, Illustrative of What Man has Worn for his Protection from Accident and Disease; Also, Ancient Gems, Babylonian Cylinders, Persian Seals, etc.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 24, #1668View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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