Ancient Near East, Sumeria, ca. 2nd millennium BCE. A white, almost green, marble cylinder seal incised with a motif depicting three human figures - probably representing gods - and a dog. The dog stands at the feet of what appears to be a goddess with a pointed cap. This may be a depiction of the goddess Gula/Ninkarrak, known as the "Lady of Health." Her most prominent cult center was in Isin, in modern day Iraq, where her temple was named the Dog Temple. More than thirty dogs were found buried beneath the ramp leading into the temple. Comes with custom stand that includes a clay rollout of the seal. Size: 0.4" W x 0.95" H (1 cm x 2.4 cm); size of stand: 2.45" W x 1.45" H (6.2 cm x 3.7 cm)
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection acquired before 2000
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