11 June 2001
A SUMERIAN LAPIS LAZULI CYLINDER SEAL
Early Dynastic, Circa 2600-2400 B.C.
The large seal with a drinking scene between two decorative bands, the drinking scene with two seated figures in long robes, each holding a long straw which extends to a piece of furniture between them, a vessel on a stand behind them, the decorative bands both composed of zig-zag lines filled with vertical cuts
54 x 14 mm
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Large seals with decorative patterns are well known from this period, but it is rare to have such patterns framing a drinking scene.
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