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Cylinder Seal

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found loose in the soil at a depth of 1.40 m
Near Eastern
Lapis Lazuli
CBS Register: cylinder seal. lapis: Nin-tur-nin dam. Mes-an-ni-pad-da. Two registers. Gilgamesh and rampant animals.
UE II: Cylinder seal, lapis-lazuli. two registers: above, hunter fighting with lions, and the inscription nin-TUR nin; below, a hunter with animals. This seal of the wife of Mes-anni-padda, first king of the 1st Dynasty of Ur, was found loose in the soil at a depth of 1.40m from the modern surface; ie on the level of the higher Sargonid graves and in or a little above the stratum of 1st Dynasty rubbish which covers the older cemetery. In any case it had probably been disturbed by the Sargonid grave-diggers, and it could not be determined whether it originally belonged to a grave of which no trace remains or to the 1st Dynasty rubbish stratum in which were found, in another part of the cemeterty, seal-impressions of her and of her husband's seals. The latter is far more probable, as there is no evidence here of 1st Dynasty graves, much less of 1st Dynasty royal graves.
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British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1927
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U.8981   -   Field No SF

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jun 2010)
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[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: 150
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[Catalogue] Zettler, Richard L. & Horne, Lee C. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur. : Page/Fig./Plate: 82
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[Catalogue, Exhibition] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus. : Page/Fig./Plate: 103
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