London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A LARGE OLD BABYLONIAN HAEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL
CIRCA 1900-1700 B.C.
With two standing suppliant Lamma goddesses, each wearing horned headdress and flounced robe, with hands raised, flanking a three-line cuneiform inscription naming the seal's owner "Ilum-bani, son of Mari-ersetim, servant of [the god] Amurrum", 1¼ in. (3.1 cm.) high; another, haematite, with a deity holding a scimitar-sword, being approached by a worshipper followed by an attendant holding up an axe, a crescent above, circa 1900-1600 B.C.; a Syrian pale green stone cylinder seal with two horned quadrupeds separated by rods, an ear of grain and a star above, circa 3000-2800 B.C.; a Mesopotamian or Urartian bronze cylinder seal with convex sides, showing a stylized figure with raised arms, a horned quadruped above a circle and a stylized tree motif, circa 1300-1100 B.C.; a Persian orange stone cylinder seal with stylized wheel-cut scene of a winged genie in contest with a rampant winged griffin, the terminal as a crouching monkey under a crescent, circa 700-500 B.C.; and an Achaemenid grey stone cylinder seal with a huntsman spearing a charging boar, crescent above, worn, circa 500-350 B.C., 1 1/8 to 5/8 in. (2.9 to 1.6 cm.) high (6)
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