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Gulf and Dilmun Type seals: The Post-Harappan life of the Indus valley seals tradition, c. 2100 – 1600 BC.

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  • Steffen Laursen, Denmark
  • Section for Prehistoric Archaeology
From around 2100 BC a glyptic tradition emerges in the Arabian Gulf, which is dependant on the well-established schools of the Indus Valley seal cutters. These circular hybrids of classic Harappan seals rapidly became popular amongst the merchants of Dilmun, centered on Bahrain Island. At first these Gulf Type‘ seals drew heavily on Indus Valley iconography and Indus script was occasionally employed in a pidgin-like manner. While the earliest circular seals incorporate features from Mesopotamian glyptic only to a lesser extent, this becomes a more important source of inspiration for later Dilmun Type seals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year1 Mar 2011
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

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