MESOPOTAMIAN MARBLE THERIOMORPHIC SEAL, CIRCA 3300 – 2900 B.C.

$3,500.00

Culture: Mesopotamian
Date: Ca. 3300 – 2900 Century B.C. (Late Uruk-Jemdat Nasr)
Medium: Stone
Condition: Intact
Provenance: Ex- Early private collection, 1960s – 1970s..
Dimensions: L. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.)
Ref No. NE1192

Description

In the form of a bull reclining to the left, his head turned frontal, the eyes drilled and the tail carved up on the flank. The underside with three dogs running to the right.

Cf: For a closely similar seal, lot 316, Christie’s London, The Erlenmeyer Collection of Ancient Near Eastern Stamp Seals and Amulets, June 1989.

Stamp seals in Mesopotamia and Southwestern Iran during the Late Uruk and Jamdat Nasr periods often take the form of animals. Most popular were figures of bulls and rams. They are usually perforated for suspension such as our example, and their undersides carry drilled devices of animals in various arrangements, or simple schematic drillings (see pp.18-20 in H. Pittman, Ancient Art in Miniature: Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky)