Goddess with ring and scimitar on star-studded throne

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between 810 B.C. and 790 B.C.
pink-and-white chalcedony
34 x 16 mm
Morgan Seal 694
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"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


Goddess with ring and scimitar, seated on star-studded throne placed on lion(?); before goddess, rhomb -- Worshiper facing god armed with bows and sword who stands on bull and holds ax; behind god, tasseled spade -- Winged sun disk and crescent in sky.

Southern Mesopotamia.