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Zoomorphic Votive Seal With An Intaglio - D.0033
Origin: Lake Van, Anatolia
Circa: 4000 BC to 3000 BC
Dimensions: .5" (1.3cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Dickite


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Originally an offering at the shrine of a powerful deity, this votive seal was discovered with a cache of related artifacts along the shores of Lake Van in Turkey. The cult most likely centered around a nature god, one concerned with fertility and rebirth. This abstract animal, perhaps a turtle, maybe a quail, was most likely worn as an amulet by a worshipper. The intaglio on the base depicts a waterfowl and may have stood in proxy for more a costly sacrifice. Pressed into soft wax or clay, it would have created multiple images to please the deity. Abstract and elegant yet closely observant of nature, this remarkable seal evokes a vanished world at the dawn of Western culture. - (D.0033)

 

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