Sacred tree flanked by two worshipers

between 900 B.C. and 600 B.C.
iron-stained jasper
44 x 17.5 mm
Morgan Seal 646
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"In 646 and 647 the motif of worshipers and sacred tree appears in the upper register, together with the figure of a king or officer making a libation. The scene in the lower register of 646, showing two bulls charging at a rosette, is comparable to that in 635."--Porada, CANES, p. 76
Cylinder chipped.


Above: attendant before king or officer who leans on bow and raises cup ; tree flanked by two worshipers, each grasping one of two streams falling from winged sun disk above tree -- Below: rosette between two charging bulls -- Terminal: seven globes, rhomb, two crossed wedges, one above other.

Southern Mesopotamia.