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Cylinder Seal

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Object Number:B16852
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: found loose in the soil at a depth of 1.40 m
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Lapis Lazuli
Length: 4.2 cm
Outside Diameter:2.1 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1927
Other Number:U.8981 - Field No SF

Description

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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 150View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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: 82View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 103View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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