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  • Description

    White stone amulet in form of a human foot; hole perforated laterally top of ankle for suspension; abraded; deposit.

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    • Length: 15 millimetres
    • Height: 11 millimetres
  • Condition

    Fair; abraded; deposit.

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  • Acquisition notes

    The acquisition of this collection was highlighted in the 'Annual Report of the General Progress of the Museums for the year 1936' (BM BM (Natural History) 1937, pp. 10-11) as "A large collection of pottery, terracotta figurines, bronzes, seals and amulets, mainly from Persia, varying in date from before 3000 B.C., and for the most part from known sites; specially selected to illustrate periods not hitherto represented, or inadequately represented, in the collection".

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    Middle East

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