WESTERN ASIATIC MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEAL WITH CUNEIFORM TEXT Early 2nd millennium BC
A haematite cylinder seal engraved with the suppliant goddess Lama behind the worshipper facing a bearded god on a throne holding in his right hand an aryballos with fine oil, a border around the bottom of the seal. Inscription: 1: èr-ra-da-bi-in 'Erra-dabin,' / 2: dumu dingir-ma-an-sum 'son of Dingir-mansum (= Ilī-iddinam)' / 3: ìr Su-mu-èl 'servant of Sumuel' (= king of Larsa, ca. 1894-1866 BC). 14 grams, 23mm (1").
Condition Very fine condition.
Provenance Property of a London gentleman; formerly in an important London collection; formed before 1990.
Literature Cf. D. Collon, First Impressions, 1987, p. 45, No. 156 and 157.