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Carved steatite slab

Slab which once had a curving handle and may have been used as a weight. One side is carved with a landscape picturing a reed house and date palms amid patterns probably representing water and hills. The reverse features three similar dwellings, with mountains between.


By 1972: with E. Safani, Safani Gallery, New York; 1972: purchased by the MFA from E. Safani. (Accession date: September 13, 1972)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Elamite, Old Elamite, 2800–2500 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World