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Cylinder Seal with Winged Genie
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Cylinder Seal with Winged Genie


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Description A winged figure with legs in the form of coiling snakes holds two horned animals by their tails. To the side, two lions attack a fallen antelope below the divine emblems of a winged disk and two rosettes. This composition is similar to a seal impression found on a letter from the Mitannian king to the king of Egypt. The art of the Mitannian kingdom, a major international power in northern Mesopotamia and eastern Syria during the 15th and 14th centuries BC, is best known through its 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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1500-1300 BC (Mitannian)
Medium
hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.671
Measurements
H: 7/8 x Diam: 1/2 in. (2.2 x 1.2 cm)
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