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, 3rd-5th century A.D. Wearing a elaborate headdress, earrings and a necklace, 1.7 cm long. Private collection

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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

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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

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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

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Syrian black steatite cylinder seal, 3rd millennium B.C. With hunting scene, stylized male figures holding spears and clasping hands over a bucranium, behind them what appears to be a female figure holding an uncertain object, small bird above, the upper register contains a pair of antelope and a rabbit, 2.8 cm long. Private collection

Syrian black steatite cylinder seal, 3rd millennium B.C. With hunting scene, stylized male figures holding spears and clasping hands over a bucranium, behind them what appears to be a female figure holding an uncertain object, small bird above, the upper register contains a pair of antelope and a rabbit, 2.8 cm long. Private collection

Syrian cylinder seal, 19th-18th century B.C. With two winged goddesses facing one another, an upside down goat and a star between them, a male figure stands behind the goddesses, wearing a conical cap and holds a staff. Behind him is a decorated column surmounted by a facing male head with goat ears, cuneiform text to either side, 2.1 cm high. Private collection

Syrian cylinder seal, 19th-18th century B.C. With two winged goddesses facing one another, an upside down goat and a star between them, a male figure stands behind the goddesses, wearing a conical cap and holds a staff. Behind him is a decorated column surmounted by a facing male head with goat ears, cuneiform text to either side, 2.1 cm high. Private collection

Syrian grey steatite cylinder seal, 2nd millennium B.C. A vivid scene involving a standing male figure holding an ornate staff and a sword facing a rampant lion, behind the lion is a bird and an antelope which has been turned upon its head to fit into the space, 2.5 cm long. Private collection

Syrian grey steatite cylinder seal, 2nd millennium B.C. A vivid scene involving a standing male figure holding an ornate staff and a sword facing a rampant lion, behind the lion is a bird and an antelope which has been turned upon its head to fit into the space, 2.5 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian cylinder seal, green Jasper, Late Akkadian, 2300-2200 B.C. With a contest scene involving a bull man with full face engaged to a lion and a water buffalo in conflict with a bearded hero, his head to right, name of seal owner "Bubu" next to scene, 2.9 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian cylinder seal, green Jasper, Late Akkadian, 2300-2200 B.C. With a contest scene involving a bull man with full face engaged to a lion and a water buffalo in conflict with a bearded hero, his head to right, name of seal owner "Bubu" next to scene, 2.9 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian cylinder seal, green jaspers, 2500-2300 B.C. Depicting a contest scene involving a bull man engaged with a rampant lion and a bearded male figure fighting a horned goat, 2.7 cm long. Private collection

Akkadian cylinder seal, green jaspers, 2500-2300 B.C. Depicting a contest scene involving a bull man engaged with a rampant lion and a bearded male figure fighting a horned goat, 2.7 cm long. Private collection

Urartian bronze stamp seal, Urartu, 8th-7th century B.C. Made from thick bronze wire with cruciform base and loop handle, 2.5 cm high. Private collection

Urartian bronze stamp seal, Urartu, 8th-7th century B.C. Made from thick bronze wire with cruciform base and loop handle, 2.5 cm high. Private collection

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