University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:B14475
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Hittite
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Basalt
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:PBS XIV: 501 - Other Number
1670 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-1670 - Old Museum Number

Description

PBS XIV: The worshiping of the Hittite war and thunder god Teshub, hammer and lightning fork in hands. He has a high conical hat, a long tress of hair, a short plaited or embroidered loin cloth. The emblems behind are perhaps a goat head and a vase. A worshiper in turban and fringed robe adores with one hand up. In front of him, Ishhara unveils herself. With both hands she retains the tasseled ends of the veil or shawl that she let slide down her back. Her head is in profile. There is a scorpion, her emblem, in the field. The reverse has a hare, two birds – doves (?) – facing each other, and a rope pattern between. Two fine guilloche borders frame in the whole scene. Cyl. seal. Hematite, 25 ½ x 11 ½ mm. MS Coll.


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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