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89502

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  • Cylinder seal of white chalcedony stained green probably with chrysocolla a copper silicate; antithetical scene consisting of a winged disc above a (sacred?) rosette-tree, flanked by a worshipper (or courtier or eunuch) on the left and by a stele depicting the king (Sennacherib?) on the right, with a mountain goat facing right above two superimposed palmettes (lotus flower?) beyond. The winged disc (of Shamash) has the heads and shoulders of two bearded gods (attendants of Shamash) rising from its wings; they face inwards and the god on the right raises one hand. Between them is a bearded god, who wears a square, globe-topped, head-dress, faces right with one hand raised, and is visible from the waist up, rising from the disc. The disc has short streamers ending in pomegrantes. The tree has a columnar trunk rising from a plain hill; the trunk has a triple band around the middle and around the top below a palmette from which radiate pointed buds on stems linked by curved lines. Two buds on stems spring from either side of the lower trunk and the hill and the intersect. The worshipper is clean-shaven and has thick shoulder-length hair; he wears a heavily fringed shawl and robe which are decorated with dot-filled squares. He raises his right hand and rests his left hand on the pommel of his sword. The bearded king faces left and wears the royal tiara with a tassel and fringed ceremonial robes wrapped diagonally around his body; he holds a sacrificial mace below his left hand and points with his right hand (in adoration?); he is depicted within an arch which probably represents the outline of a stele similar to those known from actual examples and from representations of them. The goat above the palmettes seems to be unfinished since its back legs are missing; there is no evidence that they were ever cut and no traces of erasure. The three could be a cryptographic inscription to be read downwards. Edges slightly chipped; faults running from top to bottom of the seal and by the worshipper's feet.

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  • Cylinder seal of white chalcedony stained green probably with chrysocolla a copper silicate; antithetical scene consisting of a winged disc above a (sacred?) rosette-tree, flanked by a worshipper (or courtier or eunuch) on the left and by a stele depicting the king (Sennacherib?) on the right, with a mountain goat facing right above two superimposed palmettes (lotus flower?) beyond. The winged disc (of Shamash) has the heads and shoulders of two bearded gods (attendants of Shamash) rising from its wings; they face inwards and the god on the right raises one hand. Between them is a bearded god, who wears a square, globe-topped, head-dress, faces right with one hand raised, and is visible from the waist up, rising from the disc. The disc has short streamers ending in pomegrantes. The tree has a columnar trunk rising from a plain hill; the trunk has a triple band around the middle and around the top below a palmette from which radiate pointed buds on stems linked by curved lines. Two buds on stems spring from either side of the lower trunk and the hill and the intersect. The worshipper is clean-shaven and has thick shoulder-length hair; he wears a heavily fringed shawl and robe which are decorated with dot-filled squares. He raises his right hand and rests his left hand on the pommel of his sword. The bearded king faces left and wears the royal tiara with a tassel and fringed ceremonial robes wrapped diagonally around his body; he holds a sacrificial mace below his left hand and points with his right hand (in adoration?); he is depicted within an arch which probably represents the outline of a stele similar to those known from actual examples and from representations of them. The goat above the palmettes seems to be unfinished since its back legs are missing; there is no evidence that they were ever cut and no traces of erasure. The three could be a cryptographic inscription to be read downwards. Edges slightly chipped; faults running from top to bottom of the seal and by the worshipper's feet.

    Full: Front