Banquet scene with banqueters holding beakers

between 2700 B.C. and 2500 B.C.
onyx marble
29 x 17.5 mm
Morgan Seal 105
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seals 105 and 106, however,... belong to the Second Early Dynastic period. In 105 the female figure wears a headdress from which something like a tuft of hair projects, as in a figure on an engraved limestone cup found in one of the layers of the Second Early Dynastic period at Khafajah." Porada, CANES, p. 16


Above: Seated woman, with headdress from which tuft of hair(?) projects, raising beaker; attendant touching plant before her; second attendant touching plant on stand before seated man holding beaker -- Below: Row of three grazing antelopes.

Southern Mesopotamia.