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Sealing

Object Number:
31-16-603
Current Location:
Iraq's Ancient Past
Provenience:
Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area:
Under PG 1332 (SE end) m-9-10; according to UE III: Pit D, SIS 4
Section:
Near Eastern
Materials:
Terracotta
Description:
CBS Register: fragment of clay jar stopper with seal impressions. copulatio a posteriori (?) traces of strings inside.
UE III: marital scene. A woman is bending over two pots which she apparently tries to lift from the ground. A second woman holds her heads down by her tresses while an ithyphallic male seizes the first woman from behind by the shoulders. Both women wear long hair and a woollen skirt. The male is nude. His elongated head has a striking animal profile. Beard and hair are uncertain. A child seated on a low stool behind him holds up a round object, cup or bread. There is a second marital couple above and many smaller figures in the field: a scorpion, a spouted jar, round pieces of bread, a crescent, and again the curious checker-board of nine squares inscribed in a circle, No. 291. Eight-petalled rosette on the butt-end of they cylinder, d. 20 mm.
Credit Line:
British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq
Other Number:
U.14597   -   Field No SF
UE III: 368   -   Other Number
B19011   -   Old Museum Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jun 2010)
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