Mesopotamian / Assyrian seal impression - Tree of life with Apkallu

$18.46

Assyrian cylinder seal impression

On offer here is a rare seal impression replica of Assyrian design. Made of limestone and quartzite composition stone it has an aged patina.


Assyrian tree of life impression :-

Length - 8 cm / 3-1/4 inches
Height - 4 cm / 1-5/8 inches


The original impression was created in the period 901-609 B.C.E and features a pair of 'Apkallu'. The Apkallu were genies with eagle heads and wings with a human body. They possessed great wisdom. Wisdom that was said to have inspired the building of the early cities of the region and to create gardens and introduce animal husbandry.

Here in this seal impression they are tending to the pollination of the tree of life. The small bags they hold contain the pollen which is being used to touch the buds and flowers of the tree with a pine cone dipped in the pollen. The extra geometric lines around the tree, symbolize the water canals used to sustain the fertility of the gardens created.

The image is a common motif in the Mesopotamian region because quite simply it was an advertisement for survival by harnessing the benefits of civilisation and accessing and venerating the divine order.
The impression details are faint but enough remains to interpret the scene in good lighting.

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