Linear style cylinder seal: made of shiny black serpentinite. There is some chipping of the upper edge. The cylinder is slightly barrel-shaped. A bearded king wears a fringed robe; he holds a cup in one hand, and a mace just below the head in the other. He stands facing an attendant who is similarly attired and holds a flag-shaped fan and a towel. Between the figures is a pot on a stand and behind them are three 'bottle-brush' trees beneath four stars and sun (?). There are three notches in the field above the fan, and chevron borders around the ends.
- Made in: Asia
- Height: 3.75 centimetres
- Diameter: 1.3 centimetres
The fan, made of split and flattened reeds, is a type still used in Iraq today.
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
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Object reference number: WCO24066
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