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cylinder seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    89225

  • Description

    Greenstone facies cylinder seal; standard presentation scene before a deified king (recut); a shaven-headed worshipper, who wears a fringed robe and raises his right hand, 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 clean-shaven, deified king who wears a similar head-dress and a flounced robe and who holds a small, two handled pot in his right hand. He wears a bracelet and sits on a padded stool on three-stepped dais beneath a crescent moon. At some later date, possibly when the inscription was recut, a plait was added down the king's back, perhaps in an attempt to transform him into the goddess Inana who is mentioned in the inscription. The three columns of inscription were probably cut slightly later than the main seal design and possibly replaced an earlier, erased inscription.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2100BC-2000BC
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.9 centimetres
    • Diameter: 1.46 centimetres
    • Height: 1.125 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Transliteration

        en-MUSH.ZA-zi inana / li-lum / lu SHIM ir-zu
      • Inscription Translation

        .....-priest(ess) of Inana: Lillum the brewer is your servant.
      • Inscription Comment

        Inana is probably Inanna.
  • Bibliography

    • Collon 1982a 448 bibliographic details
    • Collon 1982a pl.L bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1849

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased in Lot 121. Entries transcribed from General Antiquities Register in MLA. Copy of inscription in Antiquities Register.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    89225

  • Registration number

    1849,0623.12

Greenstone facies cylinder seal; standard presentation scene before a deified king (recut); a shaven-headed worshipper, who wears a fringed robe and raises his right hand, 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 clean-shaven, deified king who wears a similar head-dress and a flounced robe and who holds a small, two handled pot in his right hand. He wears a bracelet and sits on a padded stool on three-stepped dais beneath a crescent moon. At some later date, possibly when the inscription was recut, a plait was added down the king's back, perhaps in an attempt to transform him into the goddess Inana who is mentioned in the inscription. The three columns of inscription were probably cut slightly later than the main seal design and possibly replaced an earlier, erased inscription.

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