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Enthroned Goddess with Worshipers Pouring a Libation over a Flaming Altar and Bearing Offerings
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Akkadian period
(ca. 2334–2154 B.C.)
Serpentine
37 x 25 (23) mm
Seal no. 245

Banquet Scene with Seated Couple and Attendants
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Akkadian period
(ca. 2334–2154 B.C.)
Serpentine
35 x 21 mm
Seal no. 250

Eagle Above Hatched Undulating Line and Crosshatched Triangle Below
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Akkadian period
(ca. 2154–2100 B.C.)
Serpentine
26 x 13 mm
Seal no. 265

A Lion-Headed Eagle Grasping Two Mountain Goats, inscribed
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Post-Akkadian period
(ca. 2154–2100 B.C.)
Steatite
30 x 17 mm
Seal no. 267

Stone Foundation Tablet Inscribed With the Name and Titles of King Ur-Namma in Sumerian
Mesopotamia, Third Dynasty of Ur, Reign of Ur-Namma
(21st century B.C.)
Inscribed: Ur-Namma, king of Ur, king of Sumer and Akkad, the one who built the temple of Enlil.
Limestone
8.3 x 12.4 cm
MLC no. 2629
See more in Written in Stone online exhibition »

Worshiper Led by Goddess Toward Enthroned God, inscribed
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Third Dynasty of Ur
(ca. 2112–2004 B.C.)
Jasper
32 x 20 mm
Seal no. 277

Suppliant Goddess and Worshiper Before God with Rod and Ring on Temple Throne and Placing Feet on Bull, Goddess and God in Attendance with Nude Female Between
Cylinder seal
Mesopotamia, First Dynasty of Babylon
(ca.1894–1595B.C.)
Hematite
23.5 x 12.5 mm
Seal no. 391

Goddess, Suppliant Goddess, Priest, and Worshiper Carrying Kid Before Sun God with Goddess and Goat Behind; in the field: Star Demonic Mask, Bull, Human Head, Star and Crescent
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, First Dynasty of Babylon
(ca. 1894–1595 B.C.)
Hematite
25 x 13.5 mm
Seal no. 399

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