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* An inscribed Cylinder Seal for Abum-waqar, Old Babylonian Period, ca. 2000 - 1600 BC

MA1801

with two lines of cuneiform naming the owner:  Abum-waqar,  son of Nur-Sin.

Cylinder seals were important instruments in the Ancient Near East, and were used in Mesopotamia from the beginning of the third millennium BCE to the fifth century BCE. Cylinder seals were made from various minerals with different degrees of hardness. They served an economic function, identifying the owner, and also served as amulets.

Condition:  Intact and in very good condition overall.  With custom black marble mount.

Dimensions: Height 2 cm

Provenance: Paul I. Ilton (1904-1958), private collection. Archaeologist, lecturer, teacher, film consultant, and author. Born in Germany and educated in Universities Cologne and Berlin, in 1929 went to Egypt as a correspondent for Berliner Tageblatt. Ilton moved to Palestine in 1934 becoming a Palestinian citizen during which time he carried on continuous archaeological research in Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Hedjaz-At during which time he assembled his collection. He recorded his findings in the book “The Bible was my Treasure Map” published posthumously in 1958.


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