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Fragment of a cylinder seal. A bearded human figure wearing a short skirt and mantle faces a deity wearing an elaborate horned crown and a long pleated garment. Between them appears a crescent. Behind the bearded figure is a nude goddess in front view her hands resting below her breasts. At...

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Provenance

By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.* (Accession date: December 6, 1934) *Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Old Babylonian, 1894–1595 B.C.

Object Place

Babylon

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .15 x .9 mm.

Accession Number

34.1452

Medium or Technique

Hematite

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Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals