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* An Anatolian steatite Gable Seal, Neolithic Period, ca. 5000 - 4000 BCE

MA001-PB

Of black steatite, with a motif of two horned animals facing left, with a low gabled back and vertical hole drilled for suspension. Gable seals such as this one were manufactured in south-east Anatolia during the Ubaid Period (5000-3600 BC).  Typically carved with standing horned animals and branches of vegetation and shaped with a round or rectangular face, the type is exemplified by this seal.

Ref: Pittman, Holly. Ancient Art in Miniature: Ancient Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1987), 18.

Dimensions: Width: 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm)

Condition: Intact and in good condition overall. With a custom mount.

Provenance: German collection acquired in the middle east in 1970s


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