13 June 2000
AN AKKADIAN BLACK STEATITE CYLINDER SEAL
circa 2400-2200 b.c.
Engraved with two worshippers before the water god Ea, who holds a vessel with water spewing forth, behind the worshipper is the bird-man Anzu, who stole tablets from the deity and here stands before the god as a prisoner, the second worshipper reaching back toward Anzu
13/8 in. (3.5 cm) high
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