The earliest zoomorphic stamp seals appear to have first been produced in Ancient Mesopotamia, from the 7th millennium BC onwards, usually performed for suspension and worn around the neck as an identity marker. Seals engraved with depiction of animals, such as recumbent ram, fish or lions, testimony the cultural syncretism of Ancient Mesopotamian glyphic art. Stylistically, seals from the Jemdet Nasr period appear adherent to Uruk tradition, however in a less elaborate form. Stamp and cylinder seals from the Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period possess extremely significant cultural value, not only testifying the development of Mesopotamian glyphic art and but also inspiring the glyphic art of the later Early Dynastic and Akkadian periods.
Jemdet Stone Pig Seal
A stamp seal carefully carved into the shape of a pig head with well-defined ears, eyes and pointed nose, most likely dated to the Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period, circa 3500-2900 BC. The animal’s eyes have been deeply carved, suggesting they might have been embedded with inlays. Zoomorphic stamp seals have been largely recovered from burials of the Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period. Most of the zoomorphic stamp seals of the Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period were carved in the shape of bulls or lions, making this pig-headed stamp seal an unusual find.
Provenance: Ex Rihani family collection.
Condition: Very fine, intact.
|Dimensions||L 3.5 cm|
Near East (Western Asiatic)