New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
AN AKKADIAN BLACK MARBLE CYLINDER SEAL
circa 2334-2260 b.c.
Engraved with the sun god Shamash seated on a throne, wearing a horned crown and a long flounced robe falling from one shoulder, rays emanating from his shoulders, approached by three deities wearing horned crowns and long flounced robes, a mace behind the sun god, a star in the sky between the two standing deities to the left
1 in. (3.1 cm.) high
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For the subject compare nos. 40-41 in Eisen, The Collection of Mrs. William H. Moore.
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
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