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Cylinder Seal with a Row of Human Figures above Animals
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Cylinder Seal with a Row of Human Figures above Animals


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Description This seal depicts a group of Mitannian deities. A winged male stands between two bulls and holds aloft a winged disk from which a deity emerges. Two male figures kneel on the backs of the bulls in adoration. A winged female stands holding small animals, and a male deity stands on a lion's back. He holds a weapon (possibly a mace) in one hand and a horned animal in the other; a bird perches on his shoulder. The tradition of representing deities on the backs of animals came from central Anatolia.
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Date Description Narrative
6/04/1968Treatmentother
Provenance Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1941; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1941

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Period
1500-1300 BC (Mitannian)
Medium
carved jadite (?)
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.685
Measurements
H: 1 1/4 x Diam: 9/16 in. (3.2 x 1.5 cm)
Geography
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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