Goats Before a Shrine

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Goats Before a Shrine

Cylinder seal and impression

Mesopotamia, Late Uruk/Jamdat Nasr period
ca. 3500–2900 B.C.
Marble
40 x 35.5 mm
Seal no. 23
Item description: 

The earliest period of urban civilization in southern Mesopotamia is named Uruk after the preeminent sanctuary town of the age. At Uruk, monumental architecture and sculpture were found in levels that also yielded cylinder seals and their impressions on clay lumps placed over cords around the necks of jars or on clay balls enclosing small counting devices. Somewhat later, cylinders were rolled onto tablets bearing the first signs of Sumerian writing.