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HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS
Iraqi cylinder seals recovered by the FBI
With seal impressions, rolled by Penn Museum conservator Lynn Grant.
Descriptions written by Dr. Richard Zettler, Associate Curator,
Near East section, University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Presentation scene showing a human figure, probably the king, with a mace, facing a deity holding weapons. An interceding goddess with hands raised, stands behind the king. Smaller human figures, including a bow-legged dwarf, in the field.Black stone. Haematite (?). Old Babylonian, ca. 2000-1500 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.4 cm; height: 2.7 cm.
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Presentation scene showing a human figure, probably the king, with a mace, facing a deity holding weapons. An interceding goddess with hands raised, stands behind the king. Smaller human figures, including a bow-legged dwarf, in the field.
Black stone. Haematite (?). Old Babylonian, ca. 2000-1500 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.4 cm; height: 2.7 cm.
Contest scene showing lion attacking bull on each side of an eagle(?). Human with kilt tucked into waist band attacks lion on the right. Human head in profile, below the bull on the left.Mottled gray stone. Early Dynastic, ca. 2500 BCE. Size: Diameter, 2 cm; height: 2.4 cm.
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Contest scene showing lion attacking bull on each side of an eagle(?). Human with kilt tucked into waist band attacks lion on the right. Human head in profile, below the bull on the left.
Mottled gray stone. Early Dynastic, ca. 2500 BCE. Size: Diameter, 2 cm; height: 2.4 cm.
Contest scene with five combatants. A human in the center grasps horned animals that are in turn attacked by lions.Shell. Akkadian, ca. 2350-2200 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.2 cm; height: 3 cm.
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Contest scene with five combatants. A human in the center grasps horned animals that are in turn attacked by lions.
Shell. Akkadian, ca. 2350-2200 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.2 cm; height: 3 cm.
Birds reversed above and below undulating line.Black stone. Early Dynastic. ca. 2500 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.8 cm; height: 2 cm.
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Birds reversed above and below undulating line.
Black stone. Early Dynastic. ca. 2500 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.8 cm; height: 2 cm.
Segmented seal, with each section showing a pigtailed woman, hands raised, seated on a low dais.Black stone. Steatite (?). Late Uruk-Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3300-2900 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.4 cm; height: 1.4 cm.
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Segmented seal, with each section showing a pigtailed woman, hands raised, seated on a low dais.
Black stone. Steatite (?). Late Uruk-Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3300-2900 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.4 cm; height: 1.4 cm.
Repeating design featuring concentric ovals.Black stone. Steatite (?). Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.1 cm; height: 1.5 cm.
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Repeating design featuring concentric ovals.
Black stone. Steatite (?). Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter, 1.1 cm; height: 1.5 cm.
Design showing chevrons framed by horizontal lines.Stone or shell (?). Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter: 1 cm; height: 1.5 cm.
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Design showing chevrons framed by horizontal lines.
Stone or shell (?). Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter: 1 cm; height: 1.5 cm.
Repeating design featuring horned quadrupeds (?).Stone. Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter: .4 cm (less than a centimeter); height: .6 cm
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Repeating design featuring horned quadrupeds (?).
Stone. Jemdet Nasr, ca. 3100-2900 BCE Size: Diameter: .4 cm (less than a centimeter); height: .6 cm
Photos courtesy University of Pennsylvania Museum.

ForumYear Zero for the Archaeology of IraqPapers from the Institute of ArchaeologyPaper by Roger MatthewsResponses by:Lamia al-Gailani WerrHarriet CrawfordSophia LabadiJohn SimmonsMarc Van De MieroopReply by Roger MatthewsPIA 14 (2003)
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Year Zero for the Archaeology of Iraq
Papers from the Institute of Archaeology

PIA 14 (2003)
On View Now Through May 29, 2005University of Pennsylvania MuseumTreasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur (http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/exhibits/ur/index.shtml)Front view of the bull-headed Great Lyre from the "King's Grave" at Ur. Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, shell, bitumen, and wood.(35.6 cm height of head, 33 cm height of plaque) ca. 2650-2550 B.C.Photo: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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On View Now Through May 29, 2005
University of Pennsylvania Museum
Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur (http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/exhibits/ur/index.shtml)
Front view of the bull-headed Great Lyre from the "King's Grave" at Ur. Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, shell, bitumen, and wood.
(35.6 cm height of head, 33 cm height of plaque) ca. 2650-2550 B.C.
Photo: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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