The cover of SAAS 21 shows the gold stamp seal of Queen Hamâ, excavated from Tomb 3 at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). Hamâ was the queen of Shalmaneser IV (782-773 BC).The design of the seal shows the queen worshipping a goddess enthroned on the back of a crouching lion. Behind the throne is the symbol of the queen and her office — a scorpion. Enclosing the scene is a guilloche border. The seal is a masterpiece of intaglio work.
The cuneiform inscription around the edge of the seal reads: Belonging to Hamâ, queen of Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, daughter-in-law of Adad-nerari.