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seal + modern impression
  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq). .
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: IM88712


excavation number: AbS2103


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.4; diam.: 0.9

material: chalky limestone; lapis lazuli inlay

date: (ca. 2700 BC)

description:
Badly chipped down one side with part of the borders at either end lost. Surface badly worn, but incisions still quite deep. Top border of two parallel horizontal lines and bottom border with three lines. Between the borders is a geometric design of two complete central diamonds outlined by two sets of lines, leaving four triangles of equal proportions to fill the entire field. In the centre of each diamond and triangle is a circular hole (diameter c. 2 mm.) in one of which survives a lapis lazuli inlay. Probably inlays filled all the holes originally.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:50
created: April 29, 2004
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