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A standing bull faces a reclining one. Above them appear two reclining quadrupeds facing each other. Behind the reclining bull stands a third bull facing in the opposite direction, toward a vertical zig-zag line. Above it appears a reclining animal facing in the opposite direction. Between the...

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By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.* (Accession date: December 6, 1934) *Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

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Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Jemdet Nasr, 3100–2900 B.C.


Legacy dimension: .23 x .20 mm.

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The Ancient World