Bull-men flanking tree and supporting winged sun disk

between 800 and 700 B.C.
bluish chalcedony
27 x 20.5 x 14.5 mm
Morgan Seal 793
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"The stamp seals... that can be related to Neo-Assyrian cylinders (789-794) have been grouped as Neo-Assyrian, even though it is possible that some of them were not made in Assyria... Seals 793 and 794, both executed with careful modeling, can be related to modeled-style cylinders. Seal 793 presents bull-men supporting the winged sun disk as in 771, though in 793 there is no god in the disk or on its wings. However, an impression of a stamp seal from Nineveh shows a bull-man resembling those of 793 and a human figure supporting a disk in which a god does appear. Classification of 793 as of Assyrian origin is therefore indicated. ". Porada, CANES, p. 96-97
Pyramidal stamp with rounded top and slightly convex octagonal base.


Two bull-men, one at each side of tree, supporting winged sun disk above it.