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Drop-shaped (tanged) pendant seal and modern impression: quadrupeds

Late Ubaid–Middle Gawra
ca. 4500–3500 B.C.
Northern Mesopotamia
Black-green chlorite or steatite
Seal Face: 1.8 x 1.7 cm Height: 0.54 String Hole: 0.2
Stone-Stamp Seals
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1893
Accession Number:
Not on view
This Ubaid seal is typically decorated with stylized animals not entirely reduced to geometric forms, a development from earlier stamps engraved with simple linear patterns. Two long-horned quadrupeds stand facing left. The seal has a tanged extension that thickens at the top into a perforated loop
Acquired by the Museum in 1893, purchased from the Reverend William Hayes Ward.
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