Mesopotamian cylinder seal

This is an Akkadian cylinder seal made from shell. The image shows a figure seated on a throne, probably representing a vegetation god or goddess. The deity is being approached by three other figures, two of whom have their hands outstretched, possibly giving offerings, whilst the third carries a plough. Unfortunately the seal is damaged so the heads of the three standing figures are missing. It is impossible to know if this group are also deities, or worshippers.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Mesopotamian cylinder seal
Simple Name
Full Name
cylinder seal
whole height 33 mm; whole diameter 25 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
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
Corkill, N.L., Dr
Collection Town
Lagash (city state)
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Collection Continent

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