Buffalo horns as Sarasvati hieroglyph (brassworker)


ta_tta_ru 'buffalo horns' (Munda); rebus: t.hat.hero 'brassworker' (Ku.)

Listen also to the audio commentary on the Cylinder seal of Ibni-sharrum (Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités Orientales, Paris AO 22303); transcript is as follows:


Paul Collins

Look closely: this particularly beautiful cylinder seal shows us the epitome of fine Akkadian carving. As well it should: its inscription—contained in the rectangle on the animals' back—says that the seal belonged to king Shar-kali-sharri's scribe. Look at the modern impression made from the seal, and notice the muscles articulated on the men's bodies. They pour water from sacred pots, to quench the thirst of two water buffalo. But water buffalo were not native to Mesopotamia! These animals are depicted in a manner typical of imagery from the Indus Valley, in present-day Pakistan. This seal is a favorite of the curator of this exhibition, Joan Aruz:

Joan Aruz

If there is one object in this show that embodies the concepts that we have been trying to illuminate in this exhibit, I would have to say it's the seal of the scribe of Shar-kali-sharri. An exquisite work of art, miniature in size, monumental in effect, combining imagery that derives, perhaps, from the Indus Valley; executed in a style that expresses the highest artistic achievements of the art of the third millennium B.C.


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http://www.scribd.com/doc/2309004/buffaloepigraphs (Buffalo shown on Sarasvati epigraphs -- or, Indus script inscriptions)

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