Region: Iraq, Reign of Naramsin or Sharkalishari Origin: Purchased in New York, 1947 Accession: OIM A27903 Period: Akkadian Period, ca. 2254-2193 B.C. Materials: Black stone Dimensions:
This cylinder seal was dedicated to a little-known goddess, Ninishkun, who is shown interceding on the owner's behalf with the great goddess Ishtar. Ishtar places her right foot upon a roaring lion, which she restrains with a leash. The scimitar in her left hand and the weapons sprouting from her winged shoulders indicate her war-like nature.