CDLI Seals 005871 (physical) (P458581)

Administrative Cylinder seal excavated in Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar), dated to the Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period and now kept in British Museum, London, UK

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British Museum, London, UK

Museum Number

BM 089126


Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)


Igneous rock > Greenstone






object seal
surface a
column 1
1. ur-{d}namma
 en: Ur-Namma,
2. nita kal-ga
 en: the mighty man,
3. lugal uri5{ki}-ma
 en: king of Ur,
column 2
1. ha-asz2-ha-me-er
 en: Hašḫamer,
2. ensi2
 en: the governor
3. isz-ku-un-{d}suen{ki}
 en: of Iškun-Sin,
4. ARAD2-zu
 en: is your servant.

Consult previous versions and their differences
Consult sign list of Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
Consult word list of Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

  • Artifact type: Cylinder seal Artifact type comments:


  • Material: Igneous rock > Greenstone
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  • Seal no.: S005871
  • Seal information:

    goddess wearing a striped robe and a multiple-horned head-dress stands with both hands raised behind a worshipper (owner of seal - Hash-hamer?) in a fringed robe, bald and clean-shaven, who raises his right hand. He is being led by a second goddess in a f

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  • primary: RIME 3/2, .01.01.x2001, ex. 01

    [Frayne1997RIME3/2] Frayne, Douglas R. 1997. Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Early Periods, vol. 3/2. University of Toronto Press.

  • history: WAS 2, 469

    [Collon1982WAS2] Collon, Dominique. 1982. Akkadian, Post Akkadian, Ur III Periods. Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum, II.

  • history: First Impressions, 532

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

  • history: CT 21, pl. 06 BM 089126

    [King1905CT21] King, Leonard W. 1905. Cuneiform Texts. Cuneiform Texts from Babylonian Tablets in the British Museum 21.

  • history: Ancient Seals, no. 6

    [Martin1940Seals] Martin, Richard A. 1940. Ancient Seals of the Near East. Field Museum of Natural History.

  • history: Ward, Seal Cylinder, 30, 303a

    [Ward1910SealCyl] Ward, William H. 1910. The Seal Cylinders of Western Asia. Carnegie Institute of Washington.

  • history: SAOC 46 (p. 59-99), Plate 1a

    [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.

    Note typo on Mus. no.

  • history: CSWA, pl. 40

    [Wiseman1959CSWA] Wiseman, Donald J. 1959. Cylinder Seals of Western Asia. Batchworth Press.

  • citation: Fs Owen p.143-158, p. 152-156

    [Such-Gutiérrez2010Königsinschriften] Such-Gutiérrez, Marcos. 2010. “Die Königsinschriften Des III. Jahrtausends Im British Museum. Ein Erster Bericht Und Fünf Neue Texte.” In Why Should Someone Who Know Something Conceal It? Cuneiform Studies in Honor of David I. Owen on His 70th Birthday, edited by Alexandra Kleinerman and Jack M. Sasson, 143–58. Bethesda: CDL Press.

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  • Museum No.: BM 089126
  • Accession No.: 1880-10-09, 0001

  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar) [uncertain]
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  • Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Dates Referenced: Ur-Nammu.00.00.00
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-02-29 at 19:30:47 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-08-19 at 13:10:32 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune; Smidt, Gustav Ryberg Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2023-07-26 at 18:31:04 Firth, Richard Artifact Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-01-20 at 12:10:25 Pagé-Perron, Émilie Artifact Földi, Zsombor J.; Jiménez, Enrique; Pagé-Perron, Émilie Electronic Babylonian Library Pagé-Perron, Émilie approved View
2017-12-05 at 06:24:53 Pagé-Perron, Émilie Atf Pagé-Perron, Émilie CDLI approved View
2015-10-24 at 13:15:18 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. 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

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Seals 005871 (Physical) Artifact Entry.” (2013) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). February 29, 2024.
CDLI Seals 005871 (physical) artifact entry (No. P458581). (2024, February 29). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2013)
CDLI Seals 005871 (physical) artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 19, 2024).
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