Attendant before stand and king at table

between 1000 B.C. and 700 B.C.
black serpentine
28 x 13 mm
Morgan Seal 675
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; on other seals it is symbolized by a single item--often a fish (674, 675)..."--Porada, CANES, p. 80-81
Cylinder rubbed and damaged.


Attendant before stand with vessel; fish on table before king(?) -- Scroll borders.

Southern Mesopotamia.