Mesopotamian cylinder seal

This cylinder seal is made from black and brown serpentinite. Most of the seal contains an inscription with an invocation to the god Ninkarnunna. It also shows a figure who might be a king standing before a goddess.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Mesopotamian cylinder seal
Simple Name
Full Name
cylinder seal
whole height 24 mm; whole diameter 9 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Old Assyro-Babylonian - 1800-1600 BC
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

Function Name
identifying/ trading/ protecting
Function Detail
for identification, to authenticate documents; to seal tablets and envelopes giving details of consignments of goods, agreements, identified ownership; to secure doors and containers; of decorative, amuletic value
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD
Collection Area Region
Collection Continent
Inscription / Transcription
nin - ka - nun - na an uras gis - tuku sid - du e - su - me - sa ki - ti sum ir - na

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