Worshiper with upraised hand

between 600 and 400 B.C.
yellowish limestone
23 x 19 x 16.5 mm
Morgan Seal 810
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"...795-811 have been classed as Neo-Babylonian, because many seal impressions of corresponding style and subject have been found on Neo-Babylonian tablets of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. In these impressions a relatively uniform style perists, though the dates of most of the tablets reach well into Persian times (for example, Philadelphia 965-969), and Persian seal impressions also appear on them ... Stars appear more frequently in stamps of drilled (805, 807, 809, 810) than of modeled style ... In 810 a star takes the place of symbols and altar. A cross-shaped object topped by a globe occasionall occurs (810, 811); its meaning is not clear."--Porada, CANES, p. 96, 99
Conical seal with rounded top and slightly convex oval base.


Worshiper, one star above and one below his upraised hand; behind him, cross-shaped object topped by globe.