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Tabloid seal
950 BCE-800 BCE

1.1 × 1.5 × 2.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Near East
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1929
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Rectangular, tabloid seal with grooved edges. The long sides of the seal have been marked by a triple line, the central one deeper than the two either side. Perforated lengthwise with bores 5.0 mm wide. The cutting seems to have been done with a hand tool. The seal is engraved with human figures on both sides. Side A depicts a single figure facing left, wearing a flat crowned headgear, hair bunched out and wearing a robe with pleated skirt. In the field, two behind and one in front of the figure are placed what appear to be (?)branches; one arm rests across the waist, the other is raised from the elbow upwards ending in a rounded fist. Side B depicts four small figures facing right, each with wig-like headdresses and wearing robes with diagonally cut skirts marked by transverse lines; a jagged line border surrounds the scene.