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Cylinder Seal with an Archer and a Winged Lion
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Cylinder Seal with an Archer and a Winged Lion


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description In this scene, a worshipper faces a deity who stands on a griffin. The deity is aiming his bow and arrow at an upright winged lion-demon. The winged disk of Ashur, the patron god of Assyria, appears above. The three-line inscription gives the name of the owner. Assyrians enjoyed the translucent and vibrant colors of semiprecious stones, such as chalcedony. 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.
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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 [Transliteration, Akkadian] 1. _sza2_ {disz}x-pa-nu-kur-kur _en-x_ 2. x x lum x 3. tum-e2 [https://cdli.ucla.edu/search/archival_view.php?ObjectID=P272888]
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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ca. 911-612 BCE (Neo-Assyrian)
Medium
carved chalcedony, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1195
Measurements
H: 2 9/16 x Diam: 13/16 in. (6.6 x 2.1 cm)
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