Bull-man, goddess with arms and sword and god with rays and lightning bundle

between 750 B.C. and 700 B.C.
ivory-yellow chert
32 x 15.5 mm
Morgan Seal 697
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seals 696-698 are probably somewhat later in date, since their execution is more cursory. This is especially obvious in the rendering of the stars, which are merely indicated by globes."--Porada, CANES, p. 84


Bull-man, goddess armed with bows and sword and holding ring, worshiper, all facing god with rays projecting from his waist and lightning bundle in his hand -- In field: seven globes above bull's head; goat's head; crescent above tasseled spade -- Terminal: winged sun disk above tree mounted (?) on horned animal.

Southern Mesopotamia.