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Seated Bird Amulet
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Seated Bird Amulet

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Description In Mesopotamia, jewelry was both worn and offered in temples as gifts to the gods. Its purpose was often more functional than ornamental: pendants worn on the body served as talismans to ward off evil and to increase the wearer's power. Mesopotamian amulets depict a large range of animals native to the Near East, illustrated here by a nesting bird.
Date Description Narrative
2/16/1979Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby and Co., London, November 26, 1968, lot 20; Walters Art Museum, 1968, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1968

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ca. 3000 BCE (Prololiterate)
carved and polished stone
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)


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