Cylinder seal

Description
This cylinder seal is engraved with a contest scene showing a winged genie grasping the leg of a winged human-headed bull. The genie wears a kilt with a fringed mantle over the top. The winged bull wears a hat. Also in the scene are gazelles and a cactus. Cylinder seals were used to authenticate clay tablet documents or containers of produce, and probably belonged to a single owner.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/412
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
cylinder seal
Simple Name
seal
Full Name
cylinder seal
Dimensions
whole height 33 mm; whole diameter 14 mm
Cultural Group
Mesopotamia
Production Year Low
-799
Production Year High
-600
Family Group

Material
chalcedony
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, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Country
Iraq
Collection Area Region
Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Collection Continent
Asia

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