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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 cat.no.13, pp.78-83 bibliographic details
    • Wright 2010 figure 1.3 bibliographic details
    • Fleet 1912 p. 700, fig. A bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • 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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