Banquet scene and chariot scene

between 2500 B.C. and 2350 B.C.
black serpentine
36 x 14.5 mm
Morgan Seal 118
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Perhaps this seal combines in a simplified manner the two scenes appearing separately in the two large panels of the standard of Ur, which have been interpreted as showing a battle and the subsequent victory banquet. Instead of portraying the actual combat, however, the lower scene of 118 seems to represent the return of warriors laden with booty." Porada, CANES, p. 17


Above: Two facing seated figures drinking through tubes from vessel; third seated figure, long-haired, receiving cup from attendant -- Below: Two figures, second shouldering forked staff with pendant booty, behind chariot with driver and horse(?).

Southern Mesopotamia.