12 June 2002
THE SURENA COLLECTION OF ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN CYLINDER SEALS
AN OLD BABYLONIAN OBSIDIAN CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 1900-1700 B.C.
With a deity to the right in a horned tiara and a long flounced robe, seated on a stool of geometric design and raised upon a dais, with one hand raised, to the left a standing worshipper before him in a long creased robe with one hand raised, the terminal a three-line inscription in Babylonian cuneiform naming the owner "Ilshu-Ibnishu, son of Tutu-nasir, servant of (the god) Ninshubur"
32.5 x 17 mm
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