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

Period: Late Ubaid–Middle Gawra

Date: ca. 4500–3500 B.C.

Geography: Northern Mesopotamia

Medium: Black-green chlorite or steatite

Dimensions: Seal Face: 1.8 x 1.7 cm
Height: 0.54
String Hole: 0.2

Classification: Stone-Stamp Seals

Credit Line: Purchase, 1893

Accession Number: 93.17.122


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