AKKADIAN CYLINDER SEAL WITH SNAKE GOD AND WORSHIPPER 2300-2200 BC


WESTERN ASIATIC AKKADIAN CYLINDER SEAL WITH SNAKE GOD AND WORSHIPPER

2300-2200 BC

A black limestone cylinder seal with frieze of a snake god, worshipper and altar; accompanied by a museum-quality impression and typed and signed scholarly note issued by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: "Cylinder Seal of Black Stone 32 x 20 mm. The design is based on a snake god: human above the waist, a snake below. He is raising one hand. Behind him stands an attendant god clasping the hands at the waist. facing the snake-god is a seated human worshipper in long robe holding up a small cup. Between the snake-god and worshipper is a large kind of altar, with a small vessel on top and flames rising. The star of Venus and the lunar crescent fill spaces. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C. It has an interesting design, but so far the name of the snake god is not known from written sources. The stone is worn, but the design remains clear." 23 grams, 31mm (1 1/4").

Condition

Very fine condition, worn.

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