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Cylinder Seal with Scene of Ritual Worship
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Cylinder Seal with Scene of Ritual Worship


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This seal depicts the presentation of a worshiper to a seated deity. An interceding goddess in a tiered dress leads the worshiper who holds one hand before his face in a pious gesture. The three-line inscription records the seal owner's name and occupation: "Lugal-dugedu, the scribe, son of Ur-dingira." During the Neo-Sumerian period, the administrative function of scribes increased and included witnessing the sealing of documents.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/05/1970Treatmentcleaned; other
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 [Translation] Lugal-dugedu, the scribe, son of Ur-dingira
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941

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Period
2150-2000 BC (Neo-Sumerian, Ur III)
Medium
hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.595
Measurements
H: 15/16 x Diam: 1/2 in. (2.4 x 1.3 cm)
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