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cylinder seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    89138

  • Description

    Hematite (iron oxide) cylinder seal; standard presentation scene before a deified king; a shaven-headed worshipper, who wears a fringed robe and a hatched cap and has hatching across his cheek- probably to indicate a short beard. He raises his right hand and is led by the hand by a goddess who wears a flounced robe with a double-rolled hem and a head-dress with a single pair of horns. She raises her left hand and approaches a bearded, deified king who wears a similar head-dress and a flounced robe. He sits on panelled seat on a two-stepped dais, below a star-disc and crescent. In the field before him is a goose. Terminal, a framed inscription. The seal has double-ridged imitation caps carved in the stone. The central part of the seal, bearing the design is narrower than the imitation caps. The unusual features mentioned above can be explained by the seal has been skillfully recut. The scene once represented a presentation before a god and the remains of a multiple horned head-dress can still be seen above the recut skull-cap and turban. The inscription also seems to have been recut; there are traces of other signs beneath most of the present signs and by the god's elbow. There are also traces of an earlier frame - particularly the earlier version of the lower edge of the frame.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2100BC-2000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.98 centimetres
    • Diameter: 1.35 centimetres (of ends)
    • Diameter: 1.13 centimetres (of central part)
    • Height: 1.125 inches
    • Diameter: 0.5 inches (of broadest part)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Transliteration

        digir-ba-ni / aga-us lugala / dumu bu-da-ti / nu-banda.
      • Inscription Translation

        Ilum-bani, royal constable, son of Budati (or Pu-dadi) the sergeant.
      • Inscription Comment

        Pu-dadi is the Akkadian reading of the father's name.The inscription has been recut; there are traces of other signs beneath the most of the present signs and by the god's elbow.
  • Bibliography

    • Collon 1982a 391 (cross-reference about imitation caps) bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a 409 (cross-reference about imitation caps) bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a 443 (cross-reference about imitation caps) bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a 450 bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a 470 (cf. for hatched cap) bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a pl.L bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    89138

  • Registration number

    1880,1012.23

Hematite (iron oxide) cylinder seal; standard presentation scene before a deified king; a shaven-headed worshipper, who wears a fringed robe and a hatched cap and has hatching across his cheek- probably to indicate a short beard. He raises his right hand

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