13 June 2000
SEVEN OLD BABYLONIAN CYLINDER SEALS
circa 1800-1625 b.c.
Five of haematite, one engraved with a worshipper before an armed standing figure, an inscription as the terminal; one with two standing figures before a smiting god; two with two standing figures before a female figure with her arms at her chest; one with two facing figures, a double-headed figure and a standing figure; one of diorite with a worshipper facing a standing figure, with a small nude female figure with her arms at her chest, an animal and a trident in the field; and one of red jasper with a four column inscription
1¼ in. (3.2 cm) high for the largest (7)
Hans Silvius von Aulock
Dr. Elie Borowski
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