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

pink marble
Overall: 13/16 × 13/16 in. (2 × 2 cm)
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


Pigtailed figure before shrine(?) containing two pots ; pigtailed figure on bench or mat, touched by attendant(?); pole grasped by second figure squatting on bench or mat -- Indefinable design.