Cylinder Seal


From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16287
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area from loose soil resulting from Taylor's dig in the NW side of EH
Section Near Eastern
Materials Diorite
Iconography Libation Scene | Bottle | Bulls | Gilgamesh | Eagle | Monkey

CBS Register: cylinder seal. diorite. libation scene: overflowing bottle. crossed bulls, below Gilgamesh prostrate. Eagle, Monkey.

UE X: A large Gilgamesh stretches horizontally in the lower zone of the seal. He is nude, except for his tripple belt, and wears his curly locks and splayed beard. His arms are raised high above his head, and his legs are spread apart. A squatting monkey fills the space between his legs, and a spread eagle turned upside down fills the space between his arms. In the upper zone a brick terrace limited by two crescents on poles runs along the body of Gilgamesh from armpit to knee. A priestess (?) in a flounced robe holds an overflowing bottle over an hour-glass-shaped altar. A little branch is planted in the neck of the bottle. Beyond the crescents on the pole, on one side a nude man holds a second overflowing bottle; on the other side, a second priestess (?) in flounced robe, stands up with clasped hands. Outside the terrace a group of two crossed bulls support a crescent. Seeparated from them by a vertical line a worshipper stands up with clasped hands. Grey steatite cylinder.

Length 2.6 cm
Width 1.3 cm
Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1926
Other Number U.6002 - Field No SF | UE X: 246 - Other Number

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