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Object Number:35-10-15
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
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Provenience: Iraq
Tepe Gawra
Archaeology Area: Level X
Locus: Level X
Tepe Gawra, 4 '0' [9 P]
Date Made: ca. 4000 BCE
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Serpentine
Technique:Carved
Iconography:Dog
Saluki
Height: 0.85 cm
Width: 1.6 cm
Thickness: 0.9 cm
Credit Line:American School Oriental Research / University Museum Expedition to Tepe Gawra, Iraq; E. A. Speiser, 1935
Other Number:G4-609 - Field No SF
Rothman: 2012 - Other Number

Description

Serpentine stamp seal. Rectangular; damaged. Two animals facing left, one superimposed. Carved with the design of two Salukis, dogs used for hunting from early times in the Near East.

This stamp seal, found in level 10 at Tepe Gawra in what is now northern Iraq, depicts two animals that are likely saluki dogs. The agile breed was domesticated in the ancient Near East and played an important role in hunting and herding. Stamp seals themselves were used to place an identifiable mark on clay and played a large role in early administration and the rise of complexity in record keeping.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Man and Animals: Living, Working and Changing Together (04 Oct 1984 - 30 Mar 1985) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] The University Museum. 1984. Man and Animals; Living Working and Changing Together.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 35View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Rothman, Mitchell S. 2002. Tepe Gawra: the Evolution of a Small, Prehistoric Center in Northern Iraq.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. pg. xxii, 494 p. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 370/ Cat. 2012View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Rothman, Mitchell S. 2002. Tepe Gawra: the Evolution of a Small, Prehistoric Center in Northern Iraq.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. pg. xxii, 494 p. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plt. 54/ Fig. 2012View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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