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cylinder seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Cylinder seal; mottled green and black serpentine; A bearded god, wearing a multiple-horned head-dress and a striped skirt, carries a branch of vegetation (possibly symbolising the tablets of destiny stolen by the Zu bird) in a cleft stick or plough over his shoulder. A similarly attired god is grasping the captive bird-man (possibly the Zu-bird) with one hand while threatening him with a dart. The bird-man has his hands tied behind his back and has a rope around his neck which is held by a bearded god who wears a multiple-horned head-dress and a flounced skirt. They are standing before the seated water-god and patron of crafts Ea who also wears a multiple-horned head-dress, is clad in a flounched robe and has double streams of water flowing from his shoulders on either side, with two small fish leaping before him. Above is a star.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2250BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.9 centimetres
    • Diameter: 2.7 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Boehmer R M 1965a bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a 202 bibliographic details
    • Wiseman 1962a 36 bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a pl.XXIX bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G56/dc11

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Serpentinite cylinder seal


COMPASS Title: Serpentinite cylinder seal

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