Mesopotamian cylinder seal

Description
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.
5/1946/409
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Mesopotamian cylinder seal
Simple Name
seal
Full Name
cylinder seal
Dimensions
whole height 24 mm; whole diameter 9 mm
Cultural Group
Mesopotamia
Period Classification
Old Assyro-Babylonian - 1800-1600 BC
Production Year Low
-1900
Production Year High
-1595
Family Group

Material
serpentinite
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
W
Collection Continent
Asia
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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