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Cylinder with a ritual scene

Old Babylonian
early 2nd millennium B.C.
Iran, said to be from Geoy Tepe
Gypsum alabaster
3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1886
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
Acquired by the Museum in 1886, purchased from the Reverend William Hayes Ward.
Ward, W.H. 1895. Seal Cylinders and Other Oriental Seals. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook no. 12. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 48.

Lehmann-Haupt, Carl F. 1907. "Stein-, Fels-, und Bauziegelinschriften in Assyrischer sprahce. Skulpturen aus Babylonisch-Assyrischer Zeit." In Material zur älteren Geschichte Armeniens und Mesopotamiens. Berlin: Weidmann, pp. 8-12, figs. 3a-c, no. 3.

Smith, Sidney. 1928. Early History of Assyria to 1000 B.C. London: Chatto & Windus, p. 329, fig. 22.

Pijoan, Jose. 1931. Summa Artis, Historia General del Arte, Vol. II. Arte del Asia Occidental. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, fig. 233-234.

Barnett, Richard D. 1954. "The Archaeology of Urartu." Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 3, p. 10, pl. II.

Pittman, Holly, in collaboration with Joan Aruz. 1987. Ancient Art in Miniature: Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 28-29, fig. 16.
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