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stone -- cylinder seal -- heroic figure -- hero -- nude
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  • bibliography and image source: Gibson, McGuire: (unpublished). Chicago: Umm al-Hafriyat Expedition,
  • copyright for image:  Oriental Institute
• museum number: IM83131


excavation number: UmH221


provenience: Umm al-Hafriyat

dimension(s) (in cm):
Height: 3.0 cm, Diam: 1.8 cm

material:

date: Akkadian (ca. 2250 BC)

description:
Black stone cylinder seal. Scene: seated god Ea on the left, facing right; in front of the god, two nude males in half seated position hold ring staffs in the crooks of their elbows. Ea, wearing the horned crown, holds a flowing vase from which grain is sprouting. Water flows from one shoulder. There is a fish to the right of the vase. The nude males, wearing belts with sashes, are seated in opposite directions, but thier heads are turned so that they face each other. In both cases the arm in the foreground comes around to grasp the wrist of the bent arm. Water flows from each of the ring staffs over the heads of the men. There is a chip in the surface of the seal.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:18:02
created: March 3, 2005
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