BABYLONIAN HEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL
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Measurements: 2.1 cm - length
Description: An Old Babylonian cylinder seal of hematite. The depiction on the seal impression consists of a group of three standing figures. On the left is the sun deity Shamash with horned tiara, wearing a long robe. He is holding up his weapon and his foot is placed on a stool. Facing him is a worshipper in a long fringed robe, holding up his hand. Behind the worshipper is a nude male figure, with a double-stranded belt around his waist. There is a crescent in the sky above them and three fillers in shape of a seated monkey, a vessel and the so-called ball-staff. The terminal of the scene is a nude, front facing female figure with her hands clasped. The item comes with a brief report from Professor Lambert and a seal impression.
Provenance: From the collection of the late Professor Geoffrey Wilson (Warwickshire).
Period: 1900 – 1700 BC
Condition: Very fine, intact. Minor encrustation.
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