Attendant with fan facing king(?)

between 1000 B.C. and 700 B.C.
black serpentine
26 x 13 mm
Morgan Seal 673
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seals 673-675 each depict a seated figure raising a cup before a table spread with a repast, while an attendant waves a fly whisk or provides some other service in connection with the meal.... Assyrian texts indicate that a meal such as appears in these scenes could be a royal ritual. Sometimes the repast is presented in detail, as in 673..."--Porada, CANES, p. 80-81


Attendant with fan facing king(?) with cup who is seated before table spread with cloth and bearing heap of loaves, box, and bowl -- Terminal: crescent above plant.

Southern Mesopotamia.