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Cylinder Seal with a Deity Accepting an Offering
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Cylinder Seal with a Deity Accepting an Offering


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Description This seal depicts a favorite scene of the Old Babylonian period in which a worshiper stands among a number of gods. The worshiper, in a long robe and cap, offers an animal to the sun-god Shamash, who rests one foot on a stool and holds the saw of justice in his outstretched hand. The sun disk, nestled in a crescent, floats between the two. The goddess Lama stands with her hands raised in supplication. Behind her, a male figure in a kilt holds a curving weapon at his side, and another figure behind Shamash holds the bucket and "sprinkler" associated with fertility.
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
ca. 1850-1595 BC (Old Babylonian)
Medium
carved hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.713
Measurements
H: 7/8 x Diam: 1/2 in. (2.3 x 1.3 cm)
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