Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

With scepter upraised, a goddess sits on her throne in this scene impressed in damp clay by rolling an inscribed Akkadian cylinder seal across it. A worshipper, carrying a kid, faces the goddess and pours a libation over a flaming altar. The seal with its goddess, dating to about 2360–2180 B.C., differs from most examples of scepters on ancient seals and in ancient texts, where they are shown with human rulers.