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Cylinder seal

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Neo-Assyrian drilled style. Cylinder seal depicting bearded hero or genius holding two bearded sphinxes addorsed with a "sacred tree" between them. Above the tree, winged disk with bearded head of a god (Ashur or the sun god Shamash). Crescent, star and goat in the field.


By 1945: with Charles L. Morley (ex. Brett Collection); 1945: purchased by the MFA.* (Accession Date: April 12, 1945) *Two seals, 45.215 and 45.216, were purchased together for $126.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Neo-Assyrian, 883–612 B.C.

Object Place



2.7 x 1.4 cm (1 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

White Chalcedony

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The Ancient World