Mesopotamian art Stamp seals and Cylinder seals

Mesopotamian stamp seals - Mesopotamian cylinder seal - Achaemenid cylinder seal - Old Babylonian cylinder seal - Akkadian cylinder seal - Elamite cylinder seal - Sumerian cylinder seal
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Lapis Sasanian seal with bearded king or hero, 3rd-5th century A.D. Wearing a elaborate headdress, earrings and a necklace, 1.7 cm long. Private collection

Lapis Sasanian seal with bearded king or hero, century A. Wearing a elaborate headdress, earrings and a necklace, cm long.

Akkadian cylinder seal green sepentine, 2334-2154 B.C. With the water god Enki/Ea seated on angular stool, wearing a horned tiara and a long flounced robe, the god supported by two kneeling attendants, each a Lahmu hairy hero, with much hair around their faces, wearing triple stranded belts,line inscription in Sumerian cuneiform naming the owner, Gissu, scribe, 4 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian cylinder seal green sepentine, 2334-2154 B.C. With the water god Enki/Ea seated on angular stool, wearing a horned tiara and a long flounced robe, the god supported by two kneeling attendants, each a Lahmu hairy hero, with much hair around their faces, wearing triple stranded belts,line inscription in Sumerian cuneiform naming the owner, Gissu, scribe, 4 cm long. Private collection

Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, 3rd-6th century A.D. Mesopotamian stamp seal with man in front off a caw. Private collection

Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, century A. Mesopotamian stamp seal with man in front off a caw.

Sasanian seal, 3rd-6th century A.D. Sasanian seal with hare. Private collection

Hare running on Sasanian stamp seal, century A. Sasanian stamp seal with hare, hole in the center, cm long.

Elamite cylinder seal, haematite, Sukkalmah dynasty, 1900-1600 B.C.  With a worshipper before the storm god, the scene placed horizontally, the god wearing a horned tiara and a long creased robe open at the front, with a three-line inscription in Elamite cuneiform naming the owner Shagga, son of Abriri, servant of Adad,   2.9 cm long. Private collection

Elamite cylinder seal, haematite, Sukkalmah dynasty, 1900-1600 B.C. With a worshipper before the storm god, the scene placed horizontally, the god wearing a horned tiara and a long creased robe open at the front, with a three-line inscription in Elamite cuneiform naming the owner Shagga, son of Abriri, servant of Adad, 2.9 cm long. Private collection

Achaemenid cylinder seal, white and grey banded agate cylinder seal, 5th-4th century B.C. Barrel shaped with a bearded Persian king gripping the horns of a rampant goat with its head turned back, the king wearing a crown, tunic and trousers, sword in his lowered hand, a goat fish to the left, combining the fore part of a goat with tail of a fish, 3.3 cm long. Private collection

Achaemenid cylinder seal, white and grey banded agate cylinder seal, 5th-4th century B.C. Barrel shaped with a bearded Persian king gripping the horns of a rampant goat with its head turned back, the king wearing a crown, tunic and trousers, sword in his lowered hand, a goat fish to the left, combining the fore part of a goat with tail of a fish, 3.3 cm long. Private collection

Late Uruk Jemdet Nasr black stone cylinder seal, 3rd millenium B.C.   Deeply engraved with a bull in profile to the right, a plant rising from the ground in front of the animal and bending over its back, 3 cm long. Private collection

Late Uruk Jemdet Nasr black stone cylinder seal, 3rd millenium B.C. Deeply engraved with a bull in profile to the right, a plant rising from the ground in front of the animal and bending over its back, 3 cm long. Private collection

Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, 3rd-6th century A.D. Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, with open hand. Private collection

Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, century A. Mesopotamian stamp seal, Sasanian seal, with open hand.

Western Asiatic cylinder seal, chalcedony,   Northwest Iran, 800-700 B.C.   Unfinished, with three figures facing right, in the center a king standing with his right arm raised, a sword hanging at his side, a servant standing behind him, no doubt a eunuch, in front of the king a stag standing erect on hind legs, remaining space on the stone blank, the perforation not drilled, 3.4 cm long. Private collection

Western Asiatic cylinder seal, chalcedony, Northwest Iran, 800-700 B.C. Unfinished, with three figures facing right, in the center a king standing with his right arm raised, a sword hanging at his side, a servant standing behind him, no doubt a eunuch, in front of the king a stag standing erect on hind legs, remaining space on the stone blank, the perforation not drilled, 3.4 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian green serpentine cylinder seal,  2334-2154 B.C.   Boldly carved with fine detail with Nissaba, the goddess of barley and writing, seated to the right wearing a horned tiara, a necklace and a long flounced robe, her hair falling in a long plait with a curl at the end, 4 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian green serpentine cylinder seal, 2334-2154 B.C. Boldly carved with fine detail with Nissaba, the goddess of barley and writing, seated to the right wearing a horned tiara, a necklace and a long flounced robe, her hair falling in a long plait with a curl at the end, 4 cm long. Private collection

Graeco Persian cylinder seal, chalcedony, 5th-4th century B.C.   With a Persian man spearing an enormous charging boar with bristles along its back, its fore-legs raised, the hunter in a soft Persian tiara, tunic and trousers, a mantle draped over one arm, holding a long spear in his raised hand, a winged solar disk above, on a thin groundline, 2.6 cm high. Private collection

Graeco Persian cylinder seal, chalcedony, 5th-4th century B.C. With a Persian man spearing an enormous charging boar with bristles along its back, its fore-legs raised, the hunter in a soft Persian tiara, tunic and trousers, a mantle draped over one arm, holding a long spear in his raised hand, a winged solar disk above, on a thin groundline, 2.6 cm high. Private collection

Achaemenid cylinder seal, chalcedony, 5th- 4th century B.C.   With a Persian horseman spearing an infantryman, the horse with a cropped tail and a decorated saddle blanket, the rider wearing folded Persian headgear, tunic and trousers, a bow over his arm which holds the reins,with a dog, perhaps a saluki, running along beside the horse, and a winged solar disk in the sky, with the original bronze mount, 5 cm high. Private collection

Achaemenid cylinder seal, chalcedony, 5th- 4th century B.C. With a Persian horseman spearing an infantryman, the horse with a cropped tail and a decorated saddle blanket, the rider wearing folded Persian headgear, tunic and trousers, a bow over his arm which holds the reins,with a dog, perhaps a saluki, running along beside the horse, and a winged solar disk in the sky, with the original bronze mount, 5 cm high. Private collection

Kassite cylinder seal, obsidian, 1350-1200 B.C. Superbly engraved with a standing man holding two horses, large area above the main scene with a seven-line inscription in Babylonian cuneiform identifying this as the Seal of Kur-Shugab, son of Tunami-Sah, whose god is Irhan, and whose goddess is Belet-Akkadî, he gave it to his son, Urkat-yazi, the vizier, with line borders above and below, 5.8 cm long. Private collection

Kassite cylinder seal, obsidian, 1350-1200 B.C. Superbly engraved with a standing man holding two horses, large area above the main scene with a seven-line inscription in Babylonian cuneiform identifying this as the Seal of Kur-Shugab, son of Tunami-Sah, whose god is Irhan, and whose goddess is Belet-Akkadî, he gave it to his son, Urkat-yazi, the vizier, with line borders above and below, 5.8 cm long. Private collection

Old Babylonian cylinder seal, banded agate, 1683-1647 B.C.   With a single figure of a goddess in a long fringed robe, standing with both arms raised,  three line inscription in Babylonian cuneiform naming the owner Gimil-Marduk, son of Sîn-ellassu, servant of Ammi-ditana, 2.9 cm long. Private collection

Old Babylonian cylinder seal, banded agate, 1683-1647 B.C. With a single figure of a goddess in a long fringed robe, standing with both arms raised, three line inscription in Babylonian cuneiform naming the owner Gimil-Marduk, son of Sîn-ellassu, servant of Ammi-ditana, 2.9 cm long. Private collection

Syrian black steatite cylinder seal, early 2nd millennium B.C. Depicting a standing figure with a moon altar and sacred tree behind, a goat before, 2 cm high. Private collection

Syrian black steatite cylinder seal, early millennium B. Depicting a standing figure with a moon altar and sacred tree behind, a goat before, 2 cm high.

Red stone Old Babylonian period cylinder seal, early 2nd millennium B.C. Of provincial style, depicting a seated deity with a pair of worshippers before, a crescent above his outstretched hand, 2.9 cm high. Private collection

Red stone Old Babylonian period cylinder seal, early millennium B. Of provincial style, depicting a seated deity with a pair of worshippers before, a crescent above his outstretched hand, cm high.

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