Cylinder seal worshiper pouring a libation before a seated god Period: Ur III


Cylinder seal and modern impression: worshiper pouring a libation before a seated god

Period: Ur III

Date: ca. 2112–2004 B.C.

Geography: Mesopotamia, Nippur

Culture: Neo-Sumerian

Medium: Stone

Dimensions: H. 1 in. (2.6 cm)

Classification: Stone-Cylinder Seals

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1959

Accession Number: 59.41.37

The modern impression of the seal is shown so that the entire design can be seen. The imagery on this seal depicts a so-called presentation scene, in which two standing figures approach a seated god. One, a suppliant goddess, wears a horned headdress and stands with uplifted hands behind the second figure, who holds a spouted vessel. He pours a libation into a vessel which stands on a stepped platform. The seated god wears a tiered garment and horned headdress and raises his right arm. A crescent moon is in the field above.

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