Water god, two-faced god, and two minor gods carrying plant and bird-man

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between 2340 B.C. and 2150 B.C.
black serpentine
32.5 x 19.5 mm
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.

Southern Mesopotamia.