Seal and Impression

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Acquired in 1951 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Guy, John: 'Indian Temple Sculpture', London, V & A Publication, 2007, p.139, pl.156. ISBN 9781851775095. Parpola, Asko, Pande, B.M. and Koskikallio, Petteri (eds.). Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions. Volume 3: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan. Part 1: Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. Helsinki 2010. pp. 34 and 415, number M-1727.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
ca. 2500 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Seal, steatite, Mohenjo Daro, Indus valley, 2500 B.C., Pakistan
dimensions
Length: 1 1/16 in, Width: 1 in, Height: 0.5 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
A large number of seals of this type have been excavated from the Harappan civilization sites of the Indus Valley. The majority are carved with animal figures and a pictographic inscription in a script which still remains undeciphered. The horned bull (?) is represented standing before a curious vessel, possibly to be interpreted as a container for the intoxicating soma liquid drunk by priests in Vedic rituals.
historical_significance
history_note
id
25097
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:03:27.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:03:27.000Z
latitude
39.694318
location
In Storage
longitude
-76.702591
marks
materials
steatite
materials_techniques
White steatite
museum_number
IS.8:1-1951
museum_number_token
is811951
object_number
O25161
object_type
Seal
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Rectangular seal depicting a standing unicorn or bull with a two-tiered receptacle on a pole beneath its head. There is a row of four pictograms along the top over the beast's body The animal has a harness round its neck and upper body.
place
Mohenjo Daro
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
seal-and-impression-seal-unknown
sys_updated
2014-03-12T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carved
title
Seal and Impression
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-2496
year_start
-2505