Old Babylonian Shell Cylinder Seal


Old Babylonian Shell Cylinder Seal

An ancient Old Babylonian shell cylinder seal with a presentation scene. An enthroned deity receives a worshipper accompanied by a goddess, a crescent moon above. A two line cuneiform inscription invokes the Sun God and his consort, "Shamash, Aya."

Old Babylonian,
Ca. 1900-1700 BC.
Height: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm).

Shamash (Sumerian: Utu) was the Mesopotamian Sun. Shamash was also the god of justice in Babylon and Assyria. His consort was the goddess Aya. The two major cult centers of Shamash in Babylonia were Sippar (modern Abu Habba), and Larsa, (modern Senkerah).

cf.: D. Collon, First Impressions, Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East, (Chicago, 1987), nos. 114-121; B. Teissier, Ancient Near Eastern Seals from the Marcopoli Collection, (Los Angeles, 1984), nos. 109-11 (same inscription).

Formerly in a California private collection, 1980's or earlier.

Inv#: 5913


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