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shell -- cylinder seal -- banquet


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: AbS2668


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
Complete cylinder seal made from the hard core of a large shell. It is worn and slightly scratched. The design shows two seated figures facing a three-legged table and standing figure between them. The horizontal lines above the table may represent bread. At least some of the figures held objects, but these are badly worn and obscure.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:53
created: April 30, 2004
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