University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:B1054
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: 442 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: seal cylinder, serpentine PBS XIV: The worshiping of two war gods belonging to the cycle of Nergal. The first with a bow and three arrows in one hand, and the scimitar in the other, steps on his prostrate enemy. He has a conical bulging hat, a beard, his hair tied in a loop, a tunic and a short shawl covering one shoulder, after the Amorite style. His enemy, with short hair and beard, struggles with both hands against the ground. A bearded worshiper in turban and fringed shawl adores with one hand up. The second god wilding a many headed club steps forth like Shamash, his bare leg lifted on a low stool. HE has a horned mitre, his hair tied in a loop, a beard, a shawl girded about and opening in front. His club has five top points above four cross bars, and thirteen heads altogether Below the club there is a strange figure of a fishman. A worshiper, with turban and fringed shawl, no beard and long hair, keeps his hand wide open on his chest. These are perhaps Nergal and Meslamtae, the war and infernal gods (?). Concave cyl. seal. Hematite, 21 1/2 11 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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