Cylinder-Seal Of Sharkalisharri

The Sharkalishharri Cylinder

This chlorite cylinder seal from about 2300 BC reveals the 5th King of Akkad, and other scenes. It's inscription reads, "the divine Sharkalisharri, king of Akkad, Ibni-sharrum, the scribe, is his servant."

Louvre Excerpt

Cylinder-seal of Sharkalisharri
Akkadian period (23rd century BC)
H 3.9 cm
AO 22303


"At the end of the Uruk period (c.3500-3100 BC) appeared the cylindrical seals which were to be used, among other things, to seal the first written documents. The print left by the rolling of these miniature bas-reliefs on the soft clay of the tablet reveals a rich iconography that varies with the different epochs. Thus the dynasty of Akkad (2340-2200 BC) the stone-cutters showed a certain predilection for mythological scenes. On the Sharkalisharri cylinder, fifth king of the Akkad dynasty, two naked heroes, acolytes of Eas, two water buffalos which carry the inscription, central element of the composition: "the divine Sharkalisharri, king of Akkad, Ibni-sharrum, the scribe, (is) his servant" - Louvre

Genesis 15:7 - And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

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The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008