Sumerian Cuneiform Bulla
An ancient Sumerian clay 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 Period, Ur III.
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.