Attendant with fan and towel facing king(?)

between 883 B.C. and 824 B.C.
black serpentine
27 x 12 mm
Morgan Seal 672
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"The scenes of 665-672 each comprise only two figures, those of a king and an attendant. The latter is swaying a fan or fly whisk over a vessel set in a stand (665-671). In 672 the vessel appears at the end of the scene instead of on the table that here replaces the stand... An even more definite criterion for dating, however, is provided by the spiked shield on the attendant's back in 666, 667, and 672. This shield is of a type found only on the reliefs of Ashurnasirpal II and on the bronze gates made in the time of his son, Shalmaneser III."--Porada, CANES, p. 80


Attendant with fan and towel facing king(?) who holds cup and bow ; between them, table -- Terminal: crescent above vessel with two tubes.

Southern Mesopotamia.