Description: 11th-7th century BC. A stone cylinder seal engraved with ?an antithetical scene consisting, in the centre, of a winged disc with appendage above a palmette-tree, flanked by two kneeling worshippers behind whom, superimposed, are a crescent (symbol for the moon god), a star (symbol for Itar, the goddess of love, war and the planet Venus)?,? and a bird (symbol of the war god Ninurta)?; both the kneeling men are bearded, have shoulder-length hair, and wear fringed robes with multiple belts?; they extend one hand at waist level and point with the other. Cf.? ?Porada, ?E. ?Corpus of Ancient Near Eastern Seals in North American Collections. I: The Collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library. The Bollingen Series XIV. Washington?,? 1948, pl.XCIII, fig.640E; ?and ?Collon,? D. ?Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum. Cylinder Seals V. Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Periods?,? London?,? 2001, pl.XIII, fig.165. 14 grams, 39mm (1 3/4"). Property of a London gentleman; formerly acquired on the London art market in the 1990s.
Condition Report: Fine condition.
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