Cylinder seal; limestone; illustrates myth of Etana, a shepherd and legendary king of Kish, who was carried up to heaven by an eagle in order to obtain an heir; Etana's ascent is watched by a shepherd accompanied by his dog, a sheep pen, goats and a sheep

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Cylinder seal; limestone; illustrates myth of Etana, a shepherd and legendary king of Kish, who was carried up to heaven by an eagle in order to obtain an heir; Etana's ascent is watched by a shepherd accompanied by his dog, a sheep pen, goats and a sheep

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  • Cylinder seal; limestone; illustrates myth of Etana, a shepherd and legendary king of Kish, who was carried up to heaven by an eagle in order to obtain an heir; Etana's ascent is watched by a shepherd accompanied by his dog, a sheep pen, goats and a sheep

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  • Cylinder seal; limestone or calcite; illustrates myth of Etana, a shepherd and legendary king of Kish, who was carried up to heaven by an eagle in order to obtain an heir; Etana's ascent is watched by a a bearded shepherd wearing a striped robe and carrying a whip in his right hand and a staff over his shoulder, accompanied by his dog, a sheep pen, two markhor-type goats and a sheep, both facing left and long-haired; above are six discs, possibly cheeses (?) laid out to dry and a crouching bearded man holding a large pot, probably a churn, by one handle and the stopper. There is also a bucket in the field; slightly chipped at the top.

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