Old Akkadian Fossiliferous Limestone Cylinder Seal with Water-God Enki, Akkadian II, 2294-2270 BC
A fossiliferous limestone cylinder seal with a warlike god in slash-skirt, armed with a barrow in the left hand and a mace in his right hand; on the right side is the god Enki (Ea) with four streams of water flowing from the shoulders, left foot resting on a pedestal signifying mountains, four fish in the streams, recumbent cow in profile at the god’s feet; crescent between the gods; possibly a contemporary copy with the picture detail of the famous Old Akkadian seal of the scribe Adda; engraved with a square panel with four lines of cuneiform text: 1. KIŠIB X 2. UR-li-bé-lí 3. SAG-ͩna NANNA (ŠEŠ-KI) 4. DUMU LUGAL-NI-ZU.
The fossils in the red limestone are Foraminifera, probably Triticites ventricosus, sometimes called ‘rice fossils.’ They were particularly abundant in the Carboniferous Period, 359-299 million years ago.