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Mesopotamian Intaglio Seal of a Horned Animal - PF.1944
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: .75" (1.9cm) high x 0.625" (1.6cm) wide x 0.25" (0.6cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Style: Mesopotamian
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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For the ancients, an intaglio seal might have a variety of meanings or functions. Engraved with the crest of an individual or a clan, such a seal might act as an insignia of rank, a legal signature, or a mark of property. Adorned with religious symbols or magic images, an intaglio might assume some spiritual importance, or certify the contract between men and their gods. It might be a talisman of good luck, one whose imagery assured bountiful success or protection from evil. This exquisite intaglio, created in the Upper Euphrates Valley, depicts a regal horned antelope or mountain goat. The animal seems virile and vital, a metaphor for independence and power. - (PF.1944)


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