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Two registers are separated by a line. The upper register - an eagle with outspread wings holds two animals by their rumps. Before one animal appears a scorpion, a six or seven pointed roughly engraved star, a scorpion man (?) driving a quadruped before him above whose back appears two vessels,...

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1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.* (Accession date: April 2, 1936) *40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Early Dynastic Period, 2900–2334 B.C.

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.27 x .17 mm.

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Medium or Technique

Petrified shell


The Ancient World