Asian Art History Object Analysis

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AsianArt History Object Analysis

Thestamp seal is made up of some material such as stone and gold fillet.It was made with writings on the reverse so that when stamped, itformed an elevated positive message. On the other hand, it was usedin ancient times as a sign of ownership, badge of status, identity oftraders’ mother country and was found in urban center mines of theHarappan civilization.

Thisobject is engraved with an image of a creature in the distinctivestrict profile, standing before what might be an alter henceindicating the existing similarity with other objects as most of theseals are etched with descriptions of wild or domestic animals,human, fantastic creatures, and possibly divinities. Equally, it hasan inscription along the top edges like other square seals (Shinde&ampVasant, 2016).

Theinterpretation of symbols and features in this is object is based onclan and elite class. For instance, the Harappa or Indus character ismade of symbols from short writings above animal representations. Inthe East, the distant Indus Valley region interrelated with the otherparts of the adjacent East maintaining merchant enclaves in CentralAsia and perhaps Mesopotamia itself.

Theanimal identified is a unicorn this is because it is a legendarycreature that has been defined since the ancient times. It has asingle large, sharp and spiraling horn sticking out from itsforehead. It was portrayed in the historic seals of the Indus Valleydevelopment.

Onemust be careful when interpreting the meaning of the symbols in theobject because most seals have related or similar creatureinscriptions the animal symbols must be carefully distinguished sothat their meanings can be easily and correctly interpreted. Equally,the symbols and features in this object represent a specific cultureand civilization of the Indus Valley.


Shinde&ampVasant. &quotCurrent Perspectives on the HarappanCivilization.&quot A Companion to South Asia in the Past (2016):