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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:B5008
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Babylonian
Section:Near Eastern
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition Purchase, 1890
Other Number:PBS XIV: 195 - Other Number
Ward Seal No. 62 - Other Number


CBS Register: Babylonian seal cylinder, limestone.

PBS XIV: Archaic scene in two registers. In the upper register two seated figures with bird like heads drink through a pipe, from a vase between them. A servant stands behind holding a door. The seats have a plain cubic form, vertical bars, a low back and perhaps a cushion. The door has cross bars and a crest of curved lines suggestive of wicker work. The servant wears the Sumerian skirt of woolen flounced material, closing behind and leaving arms and chest bare. The seated human or divine figures have moreover a long shawl thrown over one shoulder. All are shaven and shorn according to the Sumerian custom. The door, seats and drink may be a symbol of an offering in a temple, or a feast at home.

In the lower register an eagle, with outspread wings, seizes with his talons two crouched ibexes. The animals have one leg lifted in a very well observed attitude. A branch forms a primitive landscape. Cyl. seal. White marble, or shell (?), 43 x 15 mm.


[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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