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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1958.51
Title
Cylinder Seal: Deities and Worshipper
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Cylinder Seal: God on Mountain, Worshipper and Crescent, Goddess Ishtar and Lion
Classification
Seals
Work Type
seal
Date
c. 883-612 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Assyria
Period
Neo-Assyrian period
Culture
Mesopotamian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/291233
Location
Level 3, Room 3440, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art, Ancient Middle Eastern Art in the Service of Kings
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Quartz
Technique
Intaglio
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in two lines: Belonging to Ubashi- ..., eunuch of Piqitti-ilima.
Provenance
Edward A. Waters, (by 1958), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1958.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Edward Waters
Accession Year
1958
Object Number
1958.51
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Beardless worshipper, presumably the seal owner, before two astral deities: a bearded deity with sword and two star-tipped bow cases holds a ring and stands on a mountain; on a lion behind him stands the goddess Ishtar with the same attributes.
Publication History

Zoltan Niederreiter, An unpublished Neo-Assyrian cylinder seal, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (2016), v. 2, pp. 81-82

Exhibition History

[Teaching Exhibition], Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 11/01/1972 - 01/01/1973

Impressions of Mesopotamia: Seals from the Ancient Near East, Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011

32Q: 3440 Middle East, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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