11 June 2001
AN AKKADIAN ROCK CRYSTAL CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 2334-2154 B.C.
With a seated goddess to the right with one hand raised, wearing a horned tiara and a long flounced robe, her long hair falling over her shoulders, her stool with four vertical beams and one middle cross-beam, before her a female worshipper pouring a libation on to a tall pot in front of her from the vessel in her right hand, her left hand raised, her hair done up at the back of her head, wearing a long fringed robe, with two figures behind her, the first a goddess in a horned tiara and a long creased robe, one hand at her waist, the other raised, the second a female servant, clad as her mistress, holding a bucket in one hand, her other hand at her waist, a star in the sky, the terminal with an erased inscription, the perforation preserving traces of polychrome ornament and a bronze pin
34 x 22 mm
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This is one of only very few seals, all in rock crystal, with striped ornament visible along the perforation. For another see no. 109 in La Terra Tra I due Fiumi.
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