Measurements: 4.5 cm width


Description: This alabaster seal-amulet features a vertical perforation to accommodate the suspension hoop. It is cut in the form of half a lion’s protome: the left half of the head of the beast is perfectly rendered in three dimensions while the other half is flat. Simple and linear features combined with the precised and detailed representation of the anatomy are the principal characteristics of the animal representations of the Jemdet Nasr period. Here, for instance, the structure of the lion’s crane is entirely sculpted and the ear is prominently shown. The base is drilled with abstract shapes.


Reference: Ex Rihani family collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Period: Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period, cca. 3300-2900 BC


Condition: Fine, with slight irregularities on the surface.


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