Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Stamp seal, 6th millennium b.c.; Halaf period
    Syro/Cilicia
    Steatite or chlorite; 0.55 x 0.43 x 1.02 in. (1.4 x 1.09 x 2.59 cm)
    Gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, 1986 (1986.311.1)

    Mesopotamian pendants of the Halaf period are usually of simple, mostly geometric forms. However, this stamp seal appears to represent a hedgehog, an animal that was native to northern Mesopotamia. The stamping surface is decorated with two superimposed grid patterns and a chevron pattern with a central line under the animal's head. Hedgehogs continued to be represented in Mesopotamia for millennia but the animal's symbolic or mythological significance is unknown.

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  • Stamp seal, 6th millennium B.C.; Halaf period
    Syro/Cilicia
    Steatite or chlorite; 0.55 x 0.43 x 1.02 in. (1.4 x 1.09 x 2.59 cm)
    Gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, 1986 (1986.311.1)

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