Mesopotamian Granite Cylinder Seal
An ancient Mesopotamian, Jemdet Nasr Period, granite cylinder seal inscribed with abstract spider-like forms, birds and linear decoration.
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 between prehistory and history.
Cf. D. Collon, First Impressions, cat. no. 16; B. Tessier, Ancient Near Eastern Cylinder Seals from the Marcopoli Collection, (Berkeley, 1984), cat. nos. 301, 308.
Formerly in the M. S. collection, New York; previously in the D. Liebert collection, New York.