Ewe and Ram Flanking Plant with a Gatepost

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green serpentine
Overall: 5/8 × 1/2 in. (1.6 × 1.3 cm)
Morgan Seal 5
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"The theme of 5 is related to that of 2 by the fact that a ram and ewe, probably representative of a larger herd, are pictured with a symbol. This symbol, interpreted by Andrae as a gatepost with streamers, has been identified as the symbol of the mother goddess, since it can be shown to have developed into the name sign of Inanna, a deity who appears as a mother goddess in religious texts of later periods." Porada, CANES, p. 3


Ewe and ram flanking plant -- Terminal: post with streamer.