Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Cylinder seal and modern impression: worshipper before a seated ruler or deity; seated female under a grape arbor, early 2nd millennium b.c.; Old Elamite period
    Iran
    Serpentine; H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
    Purchase, Howard Phipps Foundation Gift, 1987 (1987.343)

    One version of the Mesopotamian presentation scene, showing a figure standing directly before the king, has been transformed into a distinctly Elamite image on this seal. Two seated figures are depicted with their right (in the impression) arms extended, holding cups; before them stands a male figure in a long robe next to a table. While the first seated figure, probably the ruler, wears a wrapped robe and sits on a throne, the second, perhaps his queen, is enveloped in a wide, flounced garment and is elevated on a platform beneath an overhanging vine. In the field are a crescent and a spade or dagger.

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  • Cylinder seal and modern impression: worshipper before a seated ruler or deity; seated female under a grape arbor, early 2nd millennium B.C.; Old Elamite period
    Iran
    Serpentine; H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
    Purchase, Howard Phipps Foundation Gift, 1987 (1987.343)

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