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stamp-seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    122187

  • Description

    Circular light grey glazed steatite stamp seal; base engraved with design of a bull facing right, with single-line inscription in Indus script above; roughly conical grooved button boss on top; hole pierced through base of button bosson; broken one side with section missing.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 25 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Indus
  • Curator's comments

    The glazed finish was presumably to counter-act the tendency of this soft stone to wear out through regular use.

  • Bibliography

    • Gadd 1932a no. 2, pp.6-7, pl.I: 2 and pp.194-5 bibliographic details
    • Mitchell T C 1986a no.1, p.279, fig. 106 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2000, Tokyo, 'Indus Valley'

  • Condition

    Incomplete; broken one side with section missing.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1929

  • Acquisition notes

    Objects allotted to the British Museum from the Ur excavations, season 1928-1929.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    122187

  • Registration number

    1929,1017.725

Circular light grey glazed steatite stamp seal; base engraved with design of a bull facing right, with single-line inscription above; roughly conical grooved button bosson on top; hole pierced through base of button bosson; broken one side with section missing.

Circular light grey glazed steatite stamp seal; base engraved with design of a bull facing right, with single-line inscription above; roughly conical grooved button bosson on top; hole pierced through base of button bosson; broken one side with section missing.

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