Adam and EveEdit

The Adam and Eve Seal

The British Museum, Artifact number 89326

One of the most influential theological concepts is the story of Adam and Eve. The first known evidence of this story is dated to the 23rd Century BCE on an Akkadian cylinder seal, known as The Adam and Eve Seal. Assyriologist George Smith (1840–1876) associates the seal impressions to the well-known genre: fertility .[1]

The greenstone facies cylinder seal depicts a female figure with her hair in a bun holding out her left hand. She faces a male figure adorned with a horned head-dress, who is holding out his right hand. Both wear plain robes while sitting on either side of a date palm. Behind them is an undulating serpent rising vertically.[2]


  1. Mitchell, T.C. Paulist Press, 2004. ISBN 9780809142927, The Bible in the British Museum: Interpreting the Evidence, p. 24
  2. The Adam and Eve Seal, The British Museum number 89326