Sumerian Cylinder Seal: Fish
An ancient Sumerian large white marble cylinder seal with a scene of a school of fish in three horizontal registers.
Jemdet Nasr Period, 3500-2900 BC.
The site of Jemdet Nasr in northern central Mesopotamia was an important administrative and cultural center at the turn of the 3rd Millennium BC. The Jemdet Nasr Period is associated with the Urban Revolution, the building of cities, the advent of copper and bronze metallurgy, and the transition from prehistory to recorded history.
cf. for a similar scene: Eisen, The Collection of Mrs. William H. Moore, (Chicago, 1940), no. 8; and B. Buchanon, Catalogue of the Ancient Near Eastern Seals in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol. 1, (Oxford, 1966), no. 49 & 51.
Formerly in the Cecil Best collection, London (1882-1973).