- Museum number
Black serpentinite cylinder seal; linear-style antithetical scene consisting of a winged disc above a palmette-topped ('sacred'?) tree, flanked by two mountains and two rampant goats which look back over their shoulders towards a long-necked bird flying over a palmette; above the bird are a crescent and an elaborate globe-with-rays with added globes between the rays. The winged disc incorporates a curved appendage and encloses a globe; the design flaring tail feathers echo the palmette leaves below. This palmette rises from a bow-shaped line at the top of a triple trunk which stands on a horizontal line on a small hill, with a shoot on either side. The mountains over which the goats stand are made of crescents which are more numerous on the left. The goats have horns like serrated eyebrows attached to a vertical line, their ribs are marked and they have short tufted tails. The globes are not drilled but gouged. Line borders at top and bottom, with the upper one cutting through the top of the disc. Chips polished and ends filed down. Very slightly barrel-shaped.
- Production date
- 9thC BC-8thC BC(early)
Diameter: 1.25 - 1.35 centimetres
Height: 3.55 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to catalogue "the composition is based on Middle Assyrian prototypes dated around 1300BC, often associated with a flying bird. However, this seal should probably be dated to the ninth or early eighth century on the basis of the winged disc, and the motif is attested in the embroidery of garments depicted on reliefs from the reign of Ashurnasirpal II in the ninth century".
- Not on display
- Fair; chipped; ends filed down.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by Southesk from J.J Naaman in 1903.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Qc. 38 (? Southesk catalogue no.)
Miscellaneous number: Qy 38 : 142 (? Southesk catalogue no.)