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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:B1002
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: 166 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: seal cylinder, serpentine greenish white mottled.

PBS XIV: The worshiping of the goddess of agriculture, Nidaba, seated on a throne made of a heap of barley and waving three stalks in her hand. She is approached by four bearded figures with hands extended as offering the new corn. All have the horned mitre, and their hair tied in a loop behind. But the leader is distinguished not only by his better garment of flounced material, reaching to the knees as becomes an active god, but chiefly by being enveloped in radiating stalks of barley. He is the God Ashnan the husband of Nidaba, the leading deity at her court. The three figures with long plaited skirts are secondary attendants. They are dressed like the musicians of the temple of Ningirsu at the time of Gudea. Concave cyl. seal. Serpentine, 29 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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig:166View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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