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Worshiper Led by Goddess Toward Enthroned God, inscribed
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Third Dynasty of Ur
(ca. 2112–2004 B.C.)
32 x 20 mm
Seal no. 277
See CORSAIR catalog record for this item »
The religious sentiment of the period is profoundly
visualized on this seal. The enthroned deity on the right receives a worshiper led
by an interceding goddess. The deity is characterized by his
erect posture, long flowing beard, and the steady gaze of
his eye fully sculpted in profile. The scene is remarkable for
the interaction of the figures expressed by their gestures,
specifically through their delicately carved hands. Commerce
was crucial to the success of the Third Dynasty of Ur; the
inscription on the seal identifies its owner as a trader.
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