Worshiper facing spade and stylus and god armed with bows and sword

between 810 B.C. and 790 B.C.
bluish chalcedony
28 x 13 mm
Morgan Seal 692
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"The early drilled-style treatment of the objects in the field is very much like that in the linear style, except that the spade, symbol of Marduk, which is usually tasseled, occurs with relatively greater frequency. Often it appears together with the stylus or wedge, symbol of Nabu (692).... Seals 692-695, all of which portray worship of deities, resemble in their general rendering the dated sals of this style, most of which belong to the end of the ninth or the beginning of the eight century--for example, B N 354, the seal of Ashur-bel-usur (about 804 B.C.), or Berlin 596, the seal of an officer of Mannu-kima-Ashur (about 793 B.C.)."--Porada, CANES, p. 84


Worshiper facing spade and stylus placed on platform and god armed with bows and sword who stands holding ax -- Crescent in sky -- Terminal: star and other linear cuttings (carved later in place of erased inscription).

Southern Mesopotamia.