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Zoomorphic Votive Seal With An Intaglio - D.0058
Origin: Lake Van, Anatolia
Circa: 4000 BC to 3000 BC
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Dickite


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Thousands of years ago, this unusual votive was offered at the shrine of some powerful god. The cult appears to have focused on nature and fertility, and may have also concerned rebirth and the afterlife. This abstract sea; probably represents a tortoise, though it may depict a quail. The intaglio on the bottom bears the sophisticate image of a winged horse, a motif popular in the Near East for centuries. It is possible that this Neolithic Pegasus was intended to bear souls up to heaven. Graceful and elegant, it represents hopes and dreams that are as old as civilization itself. - (D.0058)

 

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