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Fragment of a large seal with domed back, perforated lengthwise, and flat -- originally probably circular -- base. Black lime stone with a white lime stone vein. A number of stylized horned animals.


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.

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Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Protoliterate Susa, 3500–2700 B.C.


.58 x .45 x .17 mm.

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Black limestone with a white limestone vein; fragment of a larger seal


The Ancient World