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Stamp Seal in the Shape of a Recumbent Bull: Two Dogs?

Unidentified Artistc. 3100 BCE - 2900 BCE

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Zoomorphic stamp seal in the shape of a reclining bull with head, horns, and legs clearly represented. The bull's eyes are indicated by drilled holes. The piece is pierced laterally near the base. An incised decoration of two quadrupeds (dogs?) appears on the flat underside. The animals' bodies were created by shallow drill holes and the limbs by incised lines, making taxonomic identification difficult.

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  • Title: Stamp Seal in the Shape of a Recumbent Bull: Two Dogs?
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Date: c. 3100 BCE - 2900 BCE
  • Technique: Intaglio
  • Physical Dimensions: w2.5 x h2.2 cm
  • Period: Jemdet Nasr period
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard-Baghdad School Expedition
  • Creation Place: Nuzi (Mesopotamia)/Asia/Ancient & Byzantine World
  • Type: Seals
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Marble

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