- Museum number
Fragment of pottery jar; impressed with a circular stamp depicting a stag standing facing left (as impressed), with a long ribbon flowing from its neck; equal-armed cross with splayed ends, in the field behind.
- Production date
Diameter: 8 centimetres (stamp)
Height: 9 centimetres
Thickness: 0.50 centimetres
Width: 7.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This type of ceramic was characteristic of Late Sasanian settlements in northern and central Mesopotamia. Some of the designs, such as animal and geometric motifs, are typical of Sasanian art found on stucco, metalwork and seals. The frequency of cross motifs reflects tolerance of the substantial local Christian population. Analysis of the distribution and style of various stamps suggests several regional ceramic production centres.
The stamp was carved from wood and a die-link established with several other sherds excavated at the same site, plus a lid which on that basis is assumed to also derive from Kuyunjik. Layard assigned this sherd to the"Persian" period, meaning in this case the Sasanian period to which sherds of this type were assigned as early as the 1820s by Claudius Rich.
Impressed with the same die as Ashmolean 1932.1000h, Birmingham 399'61a and BM 1890-1-1,24.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005-2006 29 Jun-8 Jan, BM, G69a, 'Iran before Islam: Religion and Propaganda, AD 224-652'
G52/IRAN/19/3, from official opening 17/11/95- Jun 2005.
- Middle East
- Registration number