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Sealing

Object Number:31-16-660
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: Pit Z. at 12.1 m. SIS 8
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Iconography:Man
Bird Head
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1931
Other Number:U.14753 - Field No SF
UE III: 40 - Other Number
B19068 - Old Museum Number

Description

CBS Register: fragment of clay jar stopper with seal impressions. Man with Bird's Head!

UE III: archaic man and goats or ibexes. The nude figure, one hand up and the other down, is also found on Elamite seal-impressions driving a bull. The bird-like head, with lozenge eye, receding forehead, beak-like nose and mouth, is in the same style as the feminine figures in painted pottery of the al Ubaid level. The conventional aspect, or the racial characteristics of this human head raise many problems.

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