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Cylinder Seal, between 3100 and 2900 BCE

  • Sumerian, Mesopotamian

Probably marble

  • Overall: 7/8 × 1 1/8 inches (2.2 × 2.9 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)

Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Cylinder Seal, between 3100 and 2900 BCE, probably marble. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Frederick Stearns, 90.1S11753.