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
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Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908
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"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

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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.

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