Enthorned Water God with Two-Faced Vizier

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black serpentine
Overall: 1 1/4 × 3/4 in. (3.3 × 2 cm)
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Morgan Seal 198
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"Another deity often shown on Akkad seals is the water god, Ea, who bears a vase from which two streams flow over his shoulders; usually there are fishes swimming along these streams. Seals 195-197 embody a frequent theme involving this god--that of a bird-man led captive toward the god. Seal 198 shows the captive brought hanging from a mace, while a plant--presumably stolen by him--is carried pendant from a stick in a procession led by the water god's two-faced minister." Porada, CANES, p. 25


Enthroned water god holding flowing vase, crescent in sky before him -- Approaching, two-faced god preceding two minor gods, the first carrying plant hung from curved stick, the second carrying bird-man hanging from mace.