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A bearded god, wearing a round cap, a short skirt or tunic, and a mantle, and holding a mace to his chest is approached by a goddess who wears an elaborate horned crown and a long fleece garment and has both hands raised. Between them appears a snake standing on its tail and a thunderbolt (two...

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1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.* (Accession date: April 2, 1936) *40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Neo-Babylonian, 625–539 B.C.

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Legacy dimension: .27 x .14 mm.

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Medium or Technique

Mottled jasper


The Ancient World