Of black steatite, with a motif of a horned animal facing left and a branch of vegetation above as well as to the left under the animal's head, with a low gabled back and a hole drilled for suspension. Gable seals such as this one were manufactured in north Syria and south-east Anatolia during the Ubaid Period (5000-3600 BC). Typically carved with standing horned animals and at least one branch of vegetation and shaped with a round or rectangular face, the type is perfectly 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.
Dominique Collon. 7000 Years of Seals. London: The Trustees of the British Museum (1997), 12.
Dimensions: Length: 2 inches (5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Drilled perforation through the center for suspension.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired in the 1990's.