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Streaked greys chalcedony cylinder seal, barely translucent in part; the goddess Ishtar, wearing the feather-topped divine head-dress and a pleated and fringed open skirt over a belted tunic, stands facing right with her left foot on a reclining lion; she holds a bow, the end of which rests on the lion, in her outstretched left and two arrows behind her in her right hand. Above the bow is an eight-rayed star, in front of her is an incense-burner (or perhaps a huge symbol - spade- of Marduk?) and facing her is a beardless worshipper with vertically-striated hair and both hands raised, palms uppermost; he wears a belted robe with pleats at the back of the skirt, horizontal banding on the front and a fringe around the bottom. Chipped with one large chip in front of the lion; the bottom of the seal has been ground down, probably because of the large chip, and the feet have (probably) been recut at the very bottom of the seal. The seal is slightly barrel-shaped and the upper end is slightly convex.
- Production date
- 7thC BC (probably)
Diameter: 1.35 - 1.50 centimetres
Height: 3 centimetres (circa, original)
Height: 2.70 centimetres (extant)
- Not on display
- Fair; chipped, with one large chip. Bottom has been ground down, probably because of the large chip.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by Southesk in 1897 from W.T Ready.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Qc. 6 (? Southesk collection no.)
Miscellaneous number: Qy.6: 69 (? Southesk collection no.)