Man Prodding Ox Pulling Plow

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black serpentine
Overall: 1 7/16 × 5/8 in. (3.7 × 1.7 cm)
Morgan Seal 653
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"In 653 the usual worshiper is omitted. The scene portraying a man plowing may nevertheless have a ritual significance; perhaps, like 647..., it depicts a rural ritual, in this case connected with agriculture. The deep cutting conforms with that of such ninth- or eighth-century stones as Berlin 682, and the seal may be of similar date."--Porada, CANES, p. 78


Man prodding ox with which he is plowing; before ox, plant -- In sky, crescent, star, seven globes.