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Cylinder seal and modern impression: seated goddess before figures carrying boxes, one placed on "altar"

Period:
Early Dynastic IIIa
Date:
ca. 2600–2500 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia
Culture:
Sumerian
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
0.93 in. (2.36 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Cylinder Seals
Credit Line:
Gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.383.5
Not on view
By 1983, collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, New York; acquired by the Museum in 1984, gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, New York.

“Ancient Art in Miniature: Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 10, 1987–January 10, 1988.

“La Fundació de la Ciutat: Mesopotàmia, Grècia, Roma,” Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, April 6–July 23, 2000.

"Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 8–August 17, 2003.

“Founding Figures: Copper Sculptures from the Ancient Near East, ca. 3300-2000.” Morgan Library & Museum, New York, May 13, 2016–August 21, 2017.

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 115 (Jul. 1,1984 - Jun. 30, 1985), p. 20.

Pittman, Holly, in collaboration with Joan Aruz. 1987. Ancient Art in Miniature: Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 19, pp. 54-55.

Aruz, Joan. 2000. "Ceremonia ritual (¿de fundación?)." In La fundación de la ciudad: Mesopotamia, Grecia, Roma, exh. cat. edited by Pedro Azaro. Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, no. 65, p. 188.
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