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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:B1004
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Calcite
Mollusk Shell (uncertain)
Credit Line:Purchased from Khabaza, Baghdad; subscription of R. F. Harper, 1889
Other Number:PBS XIV: 216 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: seal cylinder, white calcite, probably part of mollusc shell

PBS XIV: The worshiping of a seated god with hand extended in sign of welcome, while carrying a scepter or stick in the other hand. He has a beard, perhaps a horned mitre, his hair short, down on the neck, a plaited robe leaving both arms free, a plain cubic seat. In front of him stands a remarkable emblem, a colossal spear head, on a shaft resting on a large base. The spear head was later the well known symbol of Marduk, but is rarely represented before the First Babylonian Dynasty, and only on archaic monuments. [publication then discusses other monuments with references] The god is approached by three figures. The first, a divine attendant, or a priest, touches with this hand the shaft of the spear. He has a beard, his hair bound a fillet, a plaited robe. Behind him the worshiper and his servant (?) keep their hands clasped or hanging. They have a beard, their short hair bound a by a fillet, and a tunic reaching below the knee or above, perhaps after the Elamite style. Cyl. seal. Shell, 40 x 21 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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