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.

Courtesy Muzahim Mahmud Hussein

Another view of the stamp seal showing the cuneiform inscription around the edge:

Stamp seal of Queen 

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.”

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