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Eyed sardonyx quartz (probably artifically dyed agate) cylinder seal; banded, brown, white-brown and white; a bearded god (probably the moon god Sin) in a tall, horizontally-ridged, crescent-topped, cylindrical head-dress, holding a staff in one hand and raising the other, rises from a crescent and hovers facing right, before a bearded worshipper, who wears a round, narrow-brimmed hat and raises one hand. Back to back with this worshipper stands another identical figure, who raises one hand before a couchant 'mushhushshu' dragon (a composite creature) with the spade of Marduk on a stand on its back. All three figures wear vertically-fringed, double-belted robes. The figures are small in relation to the height of the seal, perhaps indicating that the seal was intended to have metal caps. The colouring of many of the brown bands is milky and concentrated in a fracture. This suggests the seal was probably worked in grey to brown to whitish agate and dyed using a honey solution so the induced colouring follows the natural banding of the material. Fault in the stone at the bottom; small diameter-perforation blocked. Barrel-shaped.
- Production date
- 7thC BC-6thC BC
Diameter: 1.60 - 1.80 centimetres
Height: 2.90 centimetres
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 6 Nov-2 Aug, New York, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftmanship and the Creation of the Ishtar Gate
2013 - 2014 22 June - 6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'
2013: 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2012: 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
- Fair; fault in the stone at the bottom.
- Acquisition date
- 1900 (pre)
- Middle East
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