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stone -- cylinder seal -- geometric design -- lozenges


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM88713


excavation number: AbS2104


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 4.6; diam.: 1

material: chalky limestone and bitumen

date: (ca. 2700 BC)

description:
Both ends are badly corroded so that it is impossible to be sure if we have the entire original length or not. The surface is worn with hard accretions. Seal pierced longitudinally.There is a geometric design (incised and drilled) in two registers. One register (2.1 cm. high) between two pairs of horizontal lines has two diamonds made of three or four parallel strokes on each side, with four resulting triangles in the interstices. Both diamonds and one lower and one upper triangle have a central dot, inlaid with black (bitumen?). Only half of the other register survives (1.7 cm), it had a similar pattern, but both triangles have an inlaid central dot (one now without inlay).

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:51
created: April 29, 2004
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