Detail View: The AMICA Library: Cylinder seal and modern impression: Ishtar image and a worshiper below a canopy flanked by winged genies

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1989.361.1
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Middle Eastern; Mesopotamian
Creator Name-CRT: 
Mesopotamian
Title: 
Cylinder seal and modern impression: Ishtar image and a worshiper below a canopy flanked by winged genies
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
8th-7th century B.C.
Creation Start Date: 
-799
Creation End Date: 
-600
Materials and Techniques: 
Chalcedony
Dimensions: 
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
1989.361.1
Credit Line: 
Gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, 1989
Rights: 
Context: 

Seals of the early first millennium B.C. in Babylonia and Assyria were carved in the linear, drilled, cut, and modeled styles. The modeled style illustrated here derives from earlier Middle Assyrian seal carving and from the modeled sculpture in the palace of Sargon II (r. 721-705 B.C.), king of Assyria at Khorsabad. This style was used predominantly on seals showing scenes of contest and worship.

On this cylinder seal a statue of the goddess Ishtar stands on a platform within a canopied enclosure. Ishtar is identified by crossed quivers, a starred crown, and stars encircling her body. Two winged genies protect the enclosure, while a kneeling figure worships.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.an1989.361.1.R.tif