Female figure before shrine with pots, and other figures on benches or mats

between 3400 B.C. and 3000 B.C.
pink marble
20 x 20 mm
Morgan Seal 9
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"The presence of cows in 7, and of a goat ... in 8, suggests that the function of the pigtailed figures is the preparation of dairy products, perhaps for ritual purposes. ... In those Jamdat Nasr seals in which the animals are omitted (9-16), the pigtailed figures with pots may perhaps be similarly interpreted." Porada, CANES, p. 4-5


"Figure before shrine(?) containing two pots; figure on bench or mat, touched by attendant(?); pole grasped by second figure squatting on bench or mat -- Indefinable design." Porada, CANES, p.5

Southern Mesopotamia.