Dark, dull blue lapis lazuli cylinder seal; inscription; found by Pu-abi's right arm; the design is divided into two parts, both showing banquet scenes; the upper one includes a seated figure holding a cup that may be Queen Pu-abi herself ; the scene also includies a woman standing behind the seated figure and a similar group of males; the lower scene consists of antithetical groups of an attendant offering cup to a seated person. Attendant with flask stands behind while another holds table; rejoined. Streaked pale yellow-brown steatite or calcite cylinder seal with blue-grey patches; two goats; in field - 'Maltese' cross, circled dots. Black or very dark green steatite cylinder seal; two hunting dogs; crossed lions; stag and ibex fleeing from hunter (with bow and arrow) wearing high boots with upturned toes. In field: crosses, pairs of dots. Very dark slate grey talc cylinder seal with yellow-brown patches; a bull advancing to the right. To the left a lion with an excessively long outstretched tail which may be interpretated as leaping on the bull, if engraved down the length of the cylinder, or (more likely) falling if it was cut in the same direction as the bull; repaired. Yellow-brown steatite or calcite cylinder seal; geometric design - leaf or fir-tree pattern; chipped in centre. Pale yellow-brown calcite cylinder seal with grey - green patches; geometric pattern based on 'Maltese' cross, rosette, pot and chevrons; edges rounded.
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