Sumerian / Akkadian cylinder seal & impression
2400 - 2200 B.C.E
Original seal found in Tel Asmar Iraq
Dimensions of Cylinder :-
Height - 3.1 cm / 1-1/4 inches
Diameter - 2 cm / 3/4 inch
Dimension of impression :-
Length - 9 cm / 3-1/2 inches
Height - 4.1 cm / 1-3/4 inches
On offer here is an early Sumerian / Akkadian cylinder seal replica set which includes an impression of the details the cylinder contains.
The preparation for harvesting a successful date crop is represented here. The figure holding a frond of the date palm is a vegetation deity most likely Enlil who leads a male devotee by the hand while another female devotee carries a bag that would hold the pollen for manual polenation.
Enlil invented the mattock or hoe and cared for crops. His daughter Nisaba, also known as Nina was a goddess associated with crops, grain, dates and all manner of vegetation.
The god is appealing on behalf of the mortal worshipers to Ishtar for a successful and bountiful crop as she was the supreme goddess of fertility.
A mace can be seen at the feet of the seated goddess and a prominent star directly in front of her is the celestial symbol of Ishtar.
Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone.
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