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“Of Marduk and Aya”

430, Lot: 603. Estimate $500.
Sold for $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Hematite cylinder seal. Near Eastern, Old Babylonian Period, 1925-1595 BC. Engraved with a god standing left, holding long kaunakes and staff ending in a crescent moon (badge of Sin, god of the moon). Before him, a second god with a mace (often described as Marduk) standing right. Behind this figure, a supplicant Naga. An inscription in two lines reads d-Mar, d-A-a (“of Marduk and Aya”). Height: 28mm. Significant damage to lower portion of seal.