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Tabloid seal
950 BC-800 BC

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
Fashion & Textiles Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
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.