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seal-impression / label

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    127389

  • Description

    Clay label; a bublous lump of clay was shaped around the knot in a piece of string probably attached to goods being sent or stored; a cylinder seal was rolled over it three times from end to end; the design shows two bulls back to back and a lion approaching one of them from the right; pierced.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3300BC-3100BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2 centimetres (impression)
    • Length: 6 centimetres (impression)
    • Width: 2 inches (impression)
  • Bibliography

    • Wiseman 1962a p.37, pl.32d-e bibliographic details
    • Campbell Thompson R & Hutchinson R W 1931a p.82, pl.XXII.10 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G56/MES1/3

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 September 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Examine whitish deposits

    Condition

    Loose laminating fragments. White satls, very powdery.

    Treatment details

    Examined under a microscope, mechanically removed salts with a sharp scalpel and soft brush. Some residues remain. Consolidated loose areas with 5-20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone): Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol), applied with a glass micro-pipette. Removed excess adhesive with Acetone applied on a soft brush and a watchmaker's puffer to reduce the staining of the consolidant. Reapplied consolidant several times until the loose areas were stable.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1930

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavation season 1929-1930.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    127389

  • Registration number

    1930,0508.188

Clay label; a bublous lump of clay was shaped around the knot in a piece of string probably attached to goods being sent or stored; a cylinder seal was rolled over it three times from end to end; the design shows two bulls back to back and a lion approaching one of them from the right; pierced.

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