CDLI Seals 005734 (physical) (P458444)

Administrative Cylinder seal excavated in Ešnunna (mod. Tell Asmar), dated to the Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC) period and now kept in Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures West Asia & North Africa Museum (formerly Oriental Institute), Chicago, Illinois, USA

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object seal
surface a
column 1
1. {d}tiszpak
 en: To Tišpak,
2. _lugal_ da-num2
 en: the mighty king,
3. _lugal_ ma-at wa-ri-im
 en: king of the land of Warûm,
4. ki-ri-ki-ri
 en: Kirikiri,
column 2
1. _ensi2_
 en: governor
2. asz2-nun-na{ki}
 en: of Ešnunna,
3. a-na
 en: to
4. bi-la-la-ma
 en: Bilalama
5. _dumu-ni_-szu
 en: his son
6. i-qi4-isz
 en: presented it (this seal).

Consult previous versions and their differences
Consult sign list of Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
Consult word list of Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)

  • Artifact type: Cylinder seal
  • Material: Metamorphic rock > Lapis lazuli
  • Measurements (mm): 28.0 high × 15.0 wide
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  • Join Information:
  • Seal no.: S005734
  • Seal information:

    OIP 043, 145 seal no. 12, Fig. 101f

  • Artifact comments:


  • primary: RIME 4, .05.02.01, ex. 01

    [Frayne1990RIME4] Frayne, Douglas R. 1990. Old Baylonian Period (2003-1595 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Early Periods 4. University of Toronto Press.

  • history: First Impressions, 500 (seal)

    [Collon2005FirstImpressions] Collon, Dominique. 2005. First Impressions: Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East (2nd Edition). British Museum Press.

  • history: Highlights, 36

    [Evans2017Highlights] Evans, Jean M., Jack Green, and Emily Teeter. 2017. Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum. Chicago : The Oriental Institute Museum, The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago.

  • history: Frankfort Cyl. Seals, pl. 25e

    [Frankfort1939CylSeals] Frankfort, Henri. 1939. Cylinder Seals: A Documentary Essay on the Art and Religion of the Ancient Near East. Macmillan.

  • history: OIP 72, pl. 66:709

    [Frankfort1955OIP72] Frankfort, Henri, and Thorkild Jacobsen. 1955. Stratified Cylinder Seals from the Diyala Region. Oriental Institute Press 72. University of Chicago Press.

  • history: OIP 43, 145 12, fig. 101f

    [Jacobsen1940OIP43] Frankfort, Henri, Seton Lloyd, and Thorkild Jacobsen. 1940. The Gimilsin Temple and the Palace of the Rulers at Tell Asmar. Oriental Institute Publications. University of Chicago.

  • history: Reichel diss., 282 Seal legend no. 12; Fig. 20a-d

    [Reichel2001diss] Reichel, Clemens. 2001. “Political Changes and Cultural Continuity at the Palace of the Rulers of in Eshnunna (Tell Asmar) from the Ur III Period to the Isin-Larsa Period (ca. 2070–1850 B.C).” Phdthesis.

  • history: AOAT 274 (pp. 355-389)

    [ReichelAOAT274] Reichel, Clemens. 2003. “A Modern Crime and a Ancient Mystery: The Seal of Bilalama,” Alter Orient und Altes Testament, , no. 274: Festschrift für Burkhart Kienast: 355–89.

  • history: SAOC 46 (p. 59-99), pl. 10c

    [Winter1987SAOC46] Winter, Irene J. 1987. “Legitimation of Authority Through Image and Legend: Seals Belonging to Officials in the Administrative Bureaucracy of the Ur III State.” The Organization of Power: Aspects of Bureaucracy in the Ancient Near East, 59–99.

  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: OIM A07468
  • Accession No.:

  • Provenience: Ešnunna (mod. Tell Asmar)
  • Elevation:
  • Stratigraphic Level: Bilalama
  • Excavation No: TA 1930 1000
  • Findspot Square: O30:12
  • Findspot Comments:

  • Period: Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
  • Period Comments:

    OIP 72 date of Find-Spot: Early Larsa

  • Dates Referenced: Kirikiri.00.00.00
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  • Accounting Period: 0

Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-02-29 at 19:30:47 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-11-13 at 09:30:22 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-11-10 at 15:43:14 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-10-18 at 13:34:54 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-10-16 at 18:45:25 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-10-10 at 19:14:38 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2018-01-14 at 12:07:22 Firth, Richard Atf Firth, Richard CDLI approved View
2018-01-14 at 12:05:50 Firth, Richard Atf Firth, Richard CDLI approved View
2013-10-31 at 10:51:30 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2013-09-30 at 20:29:19 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2013-09-30 at 00:00:00 CDLI Artifact CDLI; Firth, Richard; Földi, Zsombor J.; Foxvog, Daniel A.; Frayne, Douglas R.; Liu Changyu; Santoïemma, Loïc CDLI approved View

Consult this artifact as presented on the website of collections and projects:

This artifact is a physical seal. See below of a list of its impression(s):

Impression Provenience Period Date
TA 1930 T0643 (P543167) Ešnunna (mod. Tell Asmar) Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC) Kirikiri.00.00.00
TA 1930 T0650 (P543169) Ešnunna (mod. Tell Asmar) Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC) Kirikiri.00.00.00
TA 1931 256 (P448545) Ešnunna (mod. Tell Asmar) Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC) Kirikiri.00.00.00

General Notes: -
CDLI Notes:

20130102 englund: accd. to RIME 4, this seal was impressed on the tablet As 1931 256 = P448545

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Seals 005734 (Physical) Artifact Entry.” (2013) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). February 29, 2024. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P458444.
CDLI Seals 005734 (physical) artifact entry (No. P458444). (2024, February 29). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P458444 (Original work published 2013)
CDLI Seals 005734 (physical) artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P458444 (Accessed: June 13, 2024).
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