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Bird Votive Seal With An Intaglio Depicting A Bird - D.0179
Origin: Lake Van, Anatolia
Circa: 4000 BC to 3000 BC
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high x .625" (1.6cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Dickite

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Location: United States
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Shaped like an abstract bird's head, this ancient votive seal was discovered with a cache of similar artifacts along the shores of Lake Van. Evoking the dawn of Western culture, these apparently were offerings at the shrine of some powerful nature god. The cult apparently was concerned with nature or animal fertility and perhaps with the afterlife. The intaglio engraved on the base of the seal shows another bird, perhaps intended to stand in proxy for more costly sacrifices. Pressed into soft clay or wax, they would have created multiple images to win the favor of the god. It is possible that the bird, a recurring motif, was associated with the idea of the soul. Carved with abstract simplicity but an observant eye toward nature, the stark visual appeal of this piece is timeless. These seals represent dreams, hopes and aspirations for health, success, and happiness that are as old as civilization itself. - (D.0179)

 

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