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LOT 0197

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Western Asiatic Isin - Larsa Cylinder Seal for the Servant Girl of the God Ilabrat

20th century BC

An early Old Babylonian carnelian cylinder seal with presentation scene, a seated deified king wearing a cap with a brim and a flounced robe, facing left and holding a cup in the hand of his bent right arm; the leading and suppliant god also wearing a flounced robe, but a pointed cap, raises his left hand facing the god-king; the crescent moon above between the two persons; the worshipper wears also a cap with a brim but a striped robe, his right hand raised to prayer; all three men are bearded, line border round the bottom of the seal, inscription of two lines:

1: Ku-nu-tum „Kunnūtum,
2: GÉME ᵈNIN.ŠUBUR servant girl of the god Ilabrat“

Kunnūtum (literally: „Nursing (care)“) = name of the seal's owner; GÉME: „servant girl“. The specification „servant girl“ does not necessarily mean that a personal employment relationship existed. dIlabrat (NIN.ŠUBUR): A minor male deity functioning as minister to An, father of all the gods. 7.1 grams, 20mm (1"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a Middlesex collector; acquired on the London art market before 2000; formerly in an old English collection.

Literature
Cf. Collon, Dominique Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum. Cylinder Seals III: Isin-Larsa and Old Babylonian Periods., London, 1986; for GÉME dNIN.ŠUBUR cf. ibd., seal No. 291.


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