Cylinder seal and modern impression: worshiper before a seated ruler or deity; seated female under a grape arbor

Period: Old Elamite

Date: ca. early 2nd millennium B.C.

Geography: Iran

Culture: Elamite

Medium: Serpentine

Dimensions: 1.3 in. (3.3 cm)

Classification: Stone-Cylinder Seals

Credit Line: Purchase, Howard Phipps Foundation Gift, 1987

Accession Number: 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.