4952 (27). Serpentine Cylinder Seal, North Syria or northern Mesopotamia, Neo-Assyrian Period, c. 900-700 B.C. The seal is divided into two registers. The lower register depicts what is probably a healing scene: beneath a reed hut lies a recumbent male figure upon a bed and above him leans a priestly ministrant, while a second attendant figure kneels at the head of the bed. Flanking the hut are two leaping dogs. In the upper register, we see the cured male figure as an Assyrian ruler seated on a portable throne drawn forward by two high crowned priestly figures as well as the altar of thanksgiving. ‘O Lord my God, I cried unto thee and thou has healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit.’ Psalm 30:3-4.
Photograph by Zev Radovan