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clay -- cylinder seal -- worn / indistinct design


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: AbS2374


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: black clay, possibly with bitumen added

date: -

description:
Cylinder seal of black clay or bituminous matrix with fine vegetable temper. One end broken and other chips from the surface. Possibly full height survives in one place, judging from position of central ruling. Design is divided into two registers by three horizontal incised lines. In one register the herring-bone mane of a lion(?) and the spots of a leopard are visible quite distinctly, but the rest of the design is very faint and hard to discern. Possibly this is the core of a seal once covered in precious metal.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:52
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