Sumerian Shell Plaque Sheep

£ 750.00

A Sumerian group of two separate shell inlay fragments forming the body and head of a sheep. The head displays visbile disntinct features. Whilst, the body consists of two folded front legs and a detailed fleece. The old collector’s number, ‘92.153 A/B’, is visible to the box.

Date: Circa 27th - 24th Century BC
Period: Early Bronze Age
Provenance: From the collection of a Mayfair, London, UK, gentleman; acquired from a Mayfair gallery before 1999; inventory no.99. [2]
Condition: Fair condition, the head separated from the body.


Sumer is the site of the earliest known civilization, located in the southernmost part of Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This area later became Babylonia, and is now known as southern Iraq, stretching from Baghdad to the Persian Gulf. The first civilisation in Sumer was that of the Ubaidians – they actively practised agriculture, developed trade, and established industries, including weaving, leatherwork, metalwork, masonry, and pottery.


Weight 4.9 g
Dimensions L 4 cm



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