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.
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, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941
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