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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- bird


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- quadruped, unidentified


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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


excavation number: AbS2132


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: black polished stone

date: Early Dynastic I (ca. 2700 BC)

description:
It is apparently complete, but the design shows that the stone has been broken off at the top and shaved flat again. Condition good otherwise. Straight-sided cylindrical stone with ongitudinal perforation. Stylized design of long-necked quadrupeds moving to left; above back, lozenge shape, and two similar strokes a feet. Behind (and in front!) an obscure motif, possibly bird. Head of quadruped and top of bird(?) broken off. ED I Diyala style.

status: feared to be stolen




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