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Cylinder Seal with a Presentation Scene
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Cylinder Seal with a Presentation Scene


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Description This scene features a standing god in horned headdress and long robe, with one foot resting on an animal. He is holding a mace in his outstretched hand. A second deity in horned headdress and long tufted robe faces the goddess with both hands raised. In the field between them is a star cradled in a disc. The scene also incorporates a cuneiform inscription in five registers. Cylinder seals are cylindrical objects carved in reverse (intaglio) in order to leave raised impressions when rolled into clay. Seals were generally used to mark ownership, and they could act as official identifiers, like a signature, for individuals and institutions. A seal’s owner rolled impressions in wet clay to secure property such as baskets, letters, jars, and even rooms and buildings. This clay sealing prevented tampering because it had to be broken in order to access a safeguarded item. Cylinder seals were often made of durable material, usually stone, and most were drilled lengthwise so they could be strung and worn. A seal’s material and the images inscribed on the seal itself could be protective. The artistry and design might be appreciated and considered decorative as well. Cylinder seals were produced in the Near East beginning in the fourth millennium BCE and date to every period through the end of the first millennium BCE.
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.
Inscriptions [Transliteration, Akkadian] 1. {d}utu {d}a-a 2. {d}na-bi-um 3. {d}AN-mar-tu 4. u3 {d}en-lil2 5. sag? tuku?-a [https://cdli.ucla.edu/search/archival_view.php?ObjectID=P272855]
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941

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Period
20th century BCE (Old Babylonian)
Medium
hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.591
Measurements
H: 1 x Diam: 7/16 in. (2.6 x 1.2 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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