JEMDET NASR CYLINDER SEAL WITH WOMEN

£400.00

Measurements: 2 cm – length, 2 cm - width

 

Description: A red stone (red marble or limestone) Jemdet-Nasr cylinder seal with a scene with five female workers/worshippers facing left, with arms raised in front. The so-called ‘pig-tailed women’ depicted here are a common feature of the Jemdet-Nasr style.  They are often shown crouching or seated on platforms or mats, as here, and are usually engaged in domestic work such as weaving or pottery making.  Their figures are schematic, L-shaped, made with drill-holes and filled out with a cutting tool; their heads are single drill-holes, with lines hanging down behind representing ponytails. Their tasks have sometimes been interpreted as having a ritual context.  The item comes with a seal impression.

 

Provenance: From the collection of the late Professor Geoffrey Wilson (Warwickshire).

 

Reference: John Hopkins Archaeological Museum

The British Museum

 

Period: Jemdet-Nasr, 3100 – 2900 BC

 

Condition: Very fine, intact with some encrustation.

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