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Cylinder Seal with Rows of Genii
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Cylinder Seal with Rows of Genii


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Description Cyprus produced cylinder seals only during the late 2nd millennium BC. These seals combine Syrian and Mesopotamian imagery in a uniquely Cypriot fashion. In this example, female figures wearing crowns hold long-necked animals in a pose derived from the Mesopotamian composition called "mistress of animals." The bead-like decoration on the dresses and the wings are also characteristic of Cypriot seals.
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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Period
1400-1150 BC (Late Cypriot)
Medium
carved hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.830
Measurements
H: 15/16 x Diam: 3/8 in. (2.4 x 1 cm)
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