13 June 2000
SIX NEAR EASTERN CYLINDER SEALS
circa late 4th-3rd millennium b.c.
Including a Syrian black stone seal engraved with a row of animals moving right; an Early Dynastic I dark steatite seal with cross-hatching arranged in a zig-zag pattern, drill holes in between; a Syrian gray steatite seal with large spirals, drill holes in between; a black stone seal with stylized animals; a diorite seal with a row of animals and a rearing feline; and a Protoliterate red steatite seal with a row of seated women
16 in. (4 cm) high for the largest (6)
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Arts de l'ancien iran, nos. 271-276.
Arts de l'ancien Iran, Museé Borély, Marseilles, 9175.
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