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Fara-Ur I period : Cylinder seals and impressionsc, c. 2900-2460 BC

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Title: Fara-Ur I period : Cylinder seals and impressionsc, c. 2900-2460 BC
Author(s): Strommenger, Eva
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;seals;stone;book scan
Description: Top : Shell seal, c. 2900-2460 BC, h : 5.5 cm (Berlin)
upper frieze shows a god in a boat, the stem of which is shaped like the torso of a god
the stern-post ends in a snake's head
rays ending in spheres radiate from the god's shoulders
another god, dressed in tufted skirt and carrying a long staff, follows him, and a strange, bearded, mythical creature walks in front of the ship
in the lower register, a man travels in a two-wheeled chariot drawn by onagers
a dog and three armed men follow. Bottom : White marble seal from Susa, Meskalamdu(g) phase, about 2585(?)-2645 BC, h : 4.9 cm (Louvre)
the band of figures on this seal shows the transition from the Meskalamdu (g) style to that of Ur I
the composition is somewhat stiffer and a certain schematism is noticeable. -- Named after Fara, the modern name of ancient Shuruppak, & after the First Dynasty of Ur.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4123


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