By the time the "rising Sun" cylinder seal
was carved, the balance-beam Scales that would become Libra were also in the sky.
These images had presumably been transmitted to the Nile Valley through portable cylinder seals
or their impressions on imports.
According to the style in which the figures are represented KG/VN/7 can be identified as a second millennium cylinder seal
from the Levant.
But the images on Mesopotamian cylinder seals
are intense and energized, miniature epics depicting a life-and-death struggle.
An Unpublished Neo-Assyrian Cylinder Seal
("Property of Adad-nashira, the Eunuch of Bel-tarsi-ilumma") Kept in the Harvard Art Museum.
Similarly, as told in my previous article, the Water-Pourer (our Aquarius) remained in the sky but on later cylinder seals
was often shown as one of the gods themselves rather than as a mere human priest of Enki, which he had been originally.
(22.) For a cylinder seal
of Tudhaliya IV, see the very interesting article by Herbordt in The Iconography of Cylinder Seals
Suzanne Herbordt ("The Hittite Royal Cylinder Seal
of Tuthaliya IV with Umarmungsszene") discusses the newly-discovered impression of the only known cylinder seal
belonging to a Hittite king.
Instead of clear simple prose, some statements, obviously made in an attempt to be au courant, are silly, others outrageous: Manishtushu's murder by cylinder seal
was "an excruciatingly slow way to go" (p.
Hoffmeister); "The Making of a Cylinder Seal
or Bead" (Zwickel); "Inscribed Seals from Palestine" (R.
Ashdod 1: Inscribed cylinder seal
(Israel Antiquities Authority).