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Object Number:32-40-334
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: Ziggurat NW, 1931, under pavement of room III, level II
Section:Near Eastern
Iconography:Standing Figure
Seated Figure
Length: 5.3 cm
Outside Diameter:3.7 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1932
Other Number:U.17872 - Field No SF
UE X: 24 - Other Number


worked by drill, standing figure, arms raised, two seated figures.

UE X: a human figure stands facing front, with hands raised on either side as if praying. Two men are squatting beside him apparently on a dais above the level of the jars placed on the ground, and a canopy seems to extend over their heads. Their mode of sitting with one leg doubled under them, and the other knee half raised, is found only on archaic monuments, seals, and statues. Group of dots on the other side of the standing man may perhaps represent a goat (?) on a much-damaged background. Diorite cylinder.

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