- Museum number
Streaked pink and colourless, almost transparent, chalcedony cylinder seal; a bearded worshipper in a fringed robe stands facing left with his right hand raised and the other extended, palm up. Facing him are a god on the left and a goddess on the right, who wear square feather-topped head-dress (the feathers indicated by drill-holes), with a tassel or necklace counterweight hanging down behind, and diagonally-draped, fringed robes; they raise one hand and hold in the other, respectively, a double-topped mace and a ring of drill-holes; the goddess has a additional globe on the top of her head-dress. Behind the deities is a winged disc, with two drill-holes above and a fringe of drill-holes forming an arc beneath it. Below the disc is a stylised tree, consisting of a triple trunk with three globe-tipped horizontal branches on either side, ending in a horizontal line and globe from which radiate six globe-tipped branches. The vertical lines of the trunk were probably executed with a file rather than a cutting-wheel. Line borders at top and bottom. A leaded tin-bronze pin, together with caps and loop, remains in perforation. Faults in the stone by winged disc and tree; large chip at the bottom. The pin's loop is ridged and holds a disc with deckled edges in position at the top of the seal.
- Production date
- 9thC BC(late)-8thC BC(early)
Diameter: 1.60 centimetres
Height: 3.50 centimetres (excluding pin)
Height: 4.75 centimetres (including pin)
- Curator's comments
- According to catalogue "Dominique Parayre relates this winged disc to prototypes of the second millennium which have continuous wings under the disc. The stylisation of the heads of the figures, their lack of chins, is unusual.... the cutting of the present seal would indicate a date late in the ninth or more probably in the early eighth century".
- Not on display
- Fair; faults in the stone; large chip in the bottom.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number