Banquet scene with seated figures drinking from tubes

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between 2500 B.C. and 2350 B.C.
onyx marble
38.5 x 24 mm
Morgan Seal 112
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seals 105 and 106... and perhaps also 107 and 112, belong to the Second Early Dynastic period... In the lower register of 112, the monster whose tail ends in a scorpion recalls the composite monsters of the Second Early Dynastic period; a dating in this period is also indicated by the linear execution of the design." Porada, CANES, p. 16


Above: Two seated figures drinking from tubes in vessel; third seated figure -- Below: Eagle, lion-headed(?), between two small kneeling animals; large walking animal with tail ending in scorpion. No common axis of scenes of upper and lower register.

Southern Mesopotamia.