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Cylinder Seal

Object Number:31-17-118
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: 3 metres down, PG | UE II: loose in the soil at the dept of 3.00m
Locus: 3 metres down, P.G.
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Shell
Height: 8 cm
Outside Diameter:1.5 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1931
Other Number:U.13521 - Field No SF
B19524 - Old Museum Number

Description

CBS Register: cylinder seal. shell. Two registers. Symposium. Spread eagle over animals.

UE II: Cylinder seal, white calcite. broken.

This double-register shell seal is engraved with yet another combination of scenes. In the top register is a banquet scene in which a pair of celebrants drink through tubes from a vessel, while another seated celebrant raises a cup toward a standing servant. In the lower register is a spread-winged eagle that dominates a goat with its talons. This heraldic theme, which appears early in the Early Dynastic period, is used both on seals and as large-scale ornament engraved on the base of large votive figures or on votive plaques. Like the other combat scenes, its precise meaning eludes us, but it may be associated with a deity or an institution as well as having a more general metaphorical meaning.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989) View Objects in Exhibition
Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 84/Figure 28View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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