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Cylinder Seal with Winged Deities
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Cylinder Seal with Winged Deities


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Under a canopy, a worshiper faces a deity- possibly Ishtar, goddess of fertility- on a raised platform. Two winged genii (protective deities) holding ceremonial buckets flank the central scene, and divine astral symbols appear above. A three-line inscription gives the name and titles of the owner: "[seal] of Nabu-nurka-lamur, superintendent of Ahu-shamshi, the palace herald." The finely drilled style of this seal dates it to the 9th or 8th century BC.
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Date Description Narrative
6/04/1968Treatmentother
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, 1941, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Translation] (seal) of Nabu-nurka-lamur, superintendent of Ahu-shamshi, the palace herald
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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Period
900-700 BC (Neo-Assyrian)
Medium
carved pink quartzite, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1194
Measurements
H: 2 3/8 x Diam: 3/4 in. (6.1 x 1.8 cm)
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