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Object Number:31-17-16
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: PFT D6-900
Locus: PFT. D 6 - 900
Section:Near Eastern
Iconography:Seated Woman
Length: 2.4 cm
Width: 2.5 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1931
Other Number:U.14489 - Field No SF
UE X: 31 - Other Number
B19422 - Old Museum Number


field number on object looks like U.14487 but the correct number is U.14489

CBS Register: Seal cylinder. diorite. oldest seal found in deep level. seated woman. pot, hut, spider, etc. worked with bore.

UE X: two women in profile are squatting, one on a high couch provided with bull's leg feet, the othe ron a low divan flat on the ground. The first holds in her extended hands a round jar with handles; the second a spool of wool. More jars and spools surround the solid loom (?) behind them. This is built of uprights and a cross-bar surmounted by a star (?). A spider spinning its spiral thread, a goat bounding over its pen, complete the symbolic picture. Dark steattite cylinder. This seal was found in a well-authenticated setting, along with a bowl of glazed frit turquoise blue and the steatite carving in the round of a wild boar of the Jamdat-Nasr period.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Tokens to Tablets: Glimpses into 6000 Years of the History of the Ancient Near East (14 Nov 1987 - Aug 2006) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Woolley, Charles L. 1930. "Excavations at Ur, 1929-30". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 21. no. 2. pg. 80-121 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 118, pl. XVIII, fig. 28View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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