Sumerian Terracotta Cuneiform Bulla

 

Sumerian Terracotta Cuneiform Bulla

An ancient Sumerian terracotta bulla inscribed with several lines of cuneiform text. The bulla also bears the impression of an inscribed cylinder seal with a standing figure.

Early Dynastic, Ur III,
Ca. 2200-1900 BC.
Height: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm).

Bullae, pieces of clay which bore the impressed marks of seals or text, were used in commercial and legal documentation to show ownership or to verify whatever the sealing was attached. These impressions either identified an individual or represented some form of authority.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 7112

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