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stamp-seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1892,1210.1

  • Description

    Stamp-seal. A square stamp-seal with rounded edges showing a unicorn standing before a device and above a one-line inscription in six characters. Made of stone (steatite).

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2500BC-2000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.4 centimetres (Of the seal)
    • Width: 2.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 1.4 centimetres
    • Height: 2.8 centimetres (Of the impression)
    • Width: 2.7 centimetres
    • Depth: 0.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
  • Bibliography

    • Cunningham 1875 (pl. xxxiii (a); p. 108) bibliographic details
    • MacGregor 2010 13 bibliographic details
    • Wright 2010 figure 1.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ind/case3

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 March - June, AHOW PROMISED

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1892

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1892,1210.1

Seal. Unicorn and inscription. Made of stone (steatite).

Seal. Unicorn and inscription. Made of stone (steatite).

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