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Presentation scene. At right, Shamash, identified by the saw he holds in right hand, with foot on stool, serpent or dragon above his shoulder. A suppliant with long garment, round cap, and turban (king?) offering a kid stands in front of him. Between them is a demon or creature crouching over...

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By 1965: with Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems, Mrs. Horace L. Mayer. 1965 given to the MFA by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Weems, Mrs. Mayer, 10 November 1965.

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Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)

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

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Legacy dimension: 27.1 mm x 15.7

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The Ancient World