This pyramidal stamp seal was discovered at Babylon in the nineteenth century. On the base is a bearded hero holding a sword and an ostrich by the neck. Although they were native to the region, ostriches are a rare sight in Mesopotamian art. On one face of the seal is a seated dog, symbol of Gula, goddess of healing. The cuneiform inscription runs up one side of the seal and over the top. It translates: 'I trust in the Lady of Life; let me then live.' Seals were used to make a mark of authority or act as a signature but, as here, could also have amuletic properties.