Water God Facing Deity

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rock crystal
Overall: 15/16 × 5/8 in. (2.5 × 1.6 cm)
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Morgan Seal 201
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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 ... Seals 199-201 have been interpreted by Frankfort as depicting the victory over Zu, the bird-man, with the water god receiving the joyous news." Porada, CANES, p. 25

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Water god, holding flowing vase with fishes along its streams, standing with foot on mountain and facing minor god -- God fallen on one knee under attack of one large and one small lion-headed eagle, larger held by god brandishing mace -- Terminal: Empty panel over small man.

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