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Cylinder Seal, ca. 1700 BCE

  • Babylonian, Mesopotamian


  • Overall: 5/16 × 9/16 inches (0.8 × 1.4 cm)

Gift of Frederick Stearns



Ancient Near Eastern Art

probably Dr. F. D. Shepard (Aintab, Turkey)

1885-1895, purchased by Frederick Stearns [1831-1907] (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

October 1, 1897-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Meerchyad, Lina. "Ancient Mesopotamian Seals in the Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts," Bulletin of the DIA 90, no. 1/4 (2016): p. 70, no. 13.

Babylonian, Mesopotamian, Cylinder Seal, ca. 1700 BCE, hematite. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Frederick Stearns, 90.1S11587.