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Cylinder Seal: Two Figures with Old Babylonian Inscription

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Hematite
  • Possible place made: Syria
  • Reportedly from: Egypt
DATES ca. 18th–17th c. B.C.E.
PERIOD Old Babylonian/Isin-Larsa Period or Middle Bronze Age
DIMENSIONS 7/8 x Diam. 3/8 in. (2.3 x 1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Seal, hematite, pierced vertically. Three vertical panels of Old Babylonian inscription. Two standing figures, one male, and one female figure facing frontal. The figures, almost crudely incised, with use of drill for heads, may have been added after this deal was inscribed. They were not cut in the same manner as the inscription which is well done. The theme and subject matter, the frontal nude “goddess” is characteristically Syrian. The use of Syrian iconography combined with Old Babylonian inscription places this seal early in the development of Syrian glyptic. Condition: Good.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ancient Near Eastern. Cylinder Seal: Two Figures with Old Babylonian Inscription, ca. 18th–17th c. B.C.E. Hematite, 7/8 x Diam. 3/8 in. (2.3 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1116E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.1116E_NegB_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.37.1116E_NegB_print_bw.jpg., 2016
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