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Ancient Mesopotamian Jemdet Nasr Period Stone Amulet - 3300 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,305) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 390971264421 A charming ancient Near Eastern, Jemdet Nasr Period stone amulet, circa 3300 - 2900 B.C. The stylised quadruped is shown standing with head turned to face the viewer, staring out through large, circular eyes, the body is similarly decorated with ring dot incisions. Small animal figurines are common in the early Mesopotamian period and they were often presented in temples as votive offerings to the gods. Though ultimately a religious offering, this amulet would originally have been in the possession of a single individual. Given that this piece appears to be an imitation of something larger and more expensive its owner was likely someone of lesser means, though certainly not a slave. In Mesopotamian folk beliefs, objects such as this were not considered inanimate but rather potentially alive. They were considered to be powerful conduits for sympathetic magic and people sought their protection against potentially dangerous spirits. The ultimate decision to give up the amulet as a votive offering to the gods was likely driven by the owner desiring something specific from them, possibly for a good harvest or luck in the upcoming birth of a child. A striking, abstract Early Bronze Age sculpture and a facinating remnant of early Mesopotamian folk beliefs. Length: 2 1/4 inches. Condition: Very good, the surface of the piece partially fragmentary, as shown. Mounted on a high quality, bespoke bronze stand. Provenance: Ex UK private collection, acquired in 1968. Previously with Bonhams of Knightsbridge. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Original or Reproduction: Original

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