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Cylinder seal
2200 BC-2100 BC

quartz, pyroxene
1.3 × 1.1 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Near East
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1929
Gallery location
Fashion & Textiles Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Cylinder seal, perforated lengthwise with bores 3.0 mm wide. The engraving shows that parts of the bodies of the figures were probably gouged out and then hand tools used for the linear details. The lower end of the seal is broken.The engraving depicts a female deity seated, facing left, on a box-like throne; she is dressed in a robe with a (?)rolled border hem and wears an abbreviated horned (?)headdress with her hair hanging over her shoulders; one arm rests at the waist while the other is outstretched holding a rope attached to the wing of the winged gate placed on the back of the couchant bull; above hovers a (?)bird or star and to the side a faint oblong outline possibly for an (?)inscription.