The Great Fatted Bull
Tablet #36
Sumerian Images
Sumerian History
The Royal Tombs of Ur
The Standard of Ur:  War
The Standard of Ur:  King
Akkadian Seals
The "Standard" of Ur?
Vulture Stele Translation
Sumerian War Chariots
War Chariot Deconstructed
Gudea Translation
The Face of Gudea
The Face of Ur-Ningirsu
The Face of Lugal-agrig-zi
Ur-Namma Translation
The Face of Ur-Namma
Face of Ur-Namma, part II
I am Ur-Namma
The Face of Shulgi
Who Were the Sumerians?
Other Sumerian Kings
The Princess Wife
The Great Fatted Jackass
Sargon's Victory Stele
Helmet: the King of Kish
The Standard of Mari?
The Invention of Writing
Adventures in Cuneiform
The Sumerian Scribe
A Masterpiece
Site Map

These cylinder seal impressions show the kind of skirts worn by the Kish/Akkadians. The skirts were short, split in the front, and angled – both slightly angled and sharply angled. Several of the seal impressions also show the "double belt" worn by some of the enemies on the Standard of Ur.

Seal impression 7, showing a battle of the gods; a common theme on Akkadian cylinder seals. Circa 2340 - 2150 B.C.  Louvre.  Enlarge.

Seal impression 11, showing sharply-angled skirts and the double belt. Battle of the gods. Ca. 2350–2150 B.C. Met Museum.  Enlarge.

Seal impression 12, ca. 2350–2150 B.C. These skirts are slightly-angled. Met Museum. Enlarge.

Seal impression showing a hunt scene. The skirt on the right is sharply-angled.  Enlarge.

Seal impression 2. Flanked by two pairs of men fighting and stabbing each other with swords, a god with a mace attacks a "scorpion man". The skirt is slightly-angled, like the ones on the seal below.  Enlarge.

Seal impression 3.  Enlarge.

Seal impression 15.  Enlarge.  The angle of the skirt is best seen on the figure on the left. The double belt is also shown.

Seal impression 9, ca. 2350–2150 B.C., Met Museum; showing combat between men and animals. These skirts are sharply-angled.  Enlarge.

Seal impression, ca. 3000 B.C.  Enlarge.

Babylonian seal impression, ca. 880-660 B.C.  Even this late in their history, the people of this region were wearing skirts that were short, split in front, and angled; although the skirts are more highly stylized.  Enlarge.

The angled-skirt is also seen on other Akkadian artifacts. This detail from a wall painting in the city of Mari shows a king (right) making an offering to the god Enlil.

Victory stele of King Sargon, showing an Akkadian soldier escorting bound prisoners of war. The sharp angle of this skirt closely matches the sharply-angled skirts worn by the Kish allies on the Standard of Ur.

May 21, 2011