The Jemdet Nasr Period took place in southern Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq, with a great number of administrative cuneiform tablets and seals coming from there. The stamp seal was a carved object, usually made of stone, which first appeared in the fourth millennium BC and was used to impress pictures or descriptions onto soft, prepared clay or hot wax. These seals guaranteed the authenticity of the marked ownership: as such, they were instrumental in legal transactions, and in the protection of goods against theft. Seal amulets with stylised animals have been found throughout Mesopotamia in contexts dating to the late fourth millennium BC, although stamp seals and cylinder seals were the predominant types in the ancient Near East.
Uruk/Jemdet Stone Pig Seal
An Uruk/Jemdet quaint grey stone seal amulet in shape of a pig’s head with horizontal perforation that serves as eyes of the animal and suspension hoop. The seal features three protrusions that represent anatomical elements of the animal, ears and snout. The back is carved with an abstract representation of an animal.
Provenance: Ex Rihani family collection.
Condition: Very fine, intact.
|Dimensions||L 3.5 cm|
Near East (Western Asiatic)