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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:B1005
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Serpentine
Credit Line:Purchased from Khabaza, Baghdad; subscription of R. F. Harper, 1889
Other Number:PBS XIV: 185 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: seal cylinder, serpentine, yellowish mottled.

PBS XIV: The worshiping of the seated Shamash with rays from his shoulders and his notched sword in hand. He has a horned mitre, a beard, his hair tied in a loop, a flounced shawl covering one shoulder, and a cubic seat with cross bars. he is approached by two diving attendants with the same mitre, hair and beard, but only a plaited shawl girded bout their middle, and leaving arms and chest bare. The first with his hands stretched on a level is pouring a grain or seed offering over a small three legged table, on which are two more objects, perhaps show breads. There is a club behind him. The second attendant carries a green bough with leaves and fruits hanging from a stick over his shoulder. I the rear a female servant - or deity (?) - with tresses on her back, flings open the door of the shrine, perhaps the gate of dawn. The gate leaf has four cross bards, and swings on a vertical post. A hard diorite socket would support the lower point, while the ring at the top would keep it fixed against the wall. Concave cyl. seal. Serpentine, 27 1/2 x 17 mm.

Bibliography:

[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1925. The Culture of the Babylonians.. The University Museum, Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XIV.View Objects related to this reference

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