Babylonian Haematite Cylinder Seal


A fine Western Asiatic haematite cylinder seal featuring a horizontally engraved worship scene. The seal depicts two large warrior figures kneeling on either side of a standing robed figure with an elaborate headdress, possibly a priest. The seal has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 2nd Millennium BC
Provenance: From a Cotswold, UK, collection. The entire collection was seen and some entries catalogued (not this one) by the late Professor Wilfrid George Lambert pre 1990. The late W.G. Lambert was Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham in the period 1970-1993.
Condition: Very fine condition. This seal comes with a museum-quality modern impression.

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A seal comprises of a design carved onto a hard material: although most often made of stone, there are also examples rendered in bone, ivory, faience, glass, metal, wood, and even sun-dried or baked clay. Both the material and the scene carved on the seal might have been ascribed with protective qualities. In the ancient world, seals guaranteed the authenticity of marked ownership – as such, they were instrumental in legal transactions, and in the protection of goods against theft. Mesopotamia has been regarded as the cradle of ancient glyphic arts, with the earliest cylinder seals proven to have been first executed during the Bronze Age, circa 4th Millennium BC. Each following period in ancient Mesopotamian history contributed in developing styles and techniques of glyphic arts, making seals important in determining chronological phases by providing a visual chronicle of style and iconography.

For more on cylinder seals, see our relevant blog post: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals

Weight 2.69 g
Dimensions W 1 x H 1.5 cm


Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 89365

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