The Animals of Noah's Ark!
The Flood Story has captivated people’s imagination for more than 4,000 years. In the Biblical Book of Genesis, Noah builds a large boat (the Ark) and proceeds to load a male and female of each species of animal into the Ark to protect life from the great flood. But a much older version of the Flood Story appears in the Sumerian language in the Epic of Gilgamesh. The Sumerian Noah is called Ziusudra, and his story, ancient even to the Biblical writers, took place in Mesopotamia. These amulets were created from a variety of materials, and date from the late 4th to the 1st Millennium BC. They represent some of the animal passengers saved by Ziusudra (the Sumerian Noah) from perishing in the flood waters, made and used by people from the region and time period where the Flood Story first appeared. A few here come from a collection formed in the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, and donated to the California Museum of Ancient Art in 1989. The collection was recently de-accessioned to raise funds for the Museum's Antiquities Acquisition Fund.


Ancient Sumeria. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3000 - 2500 BC. Large Sumerian steatite feline amulet. Very well-preserved with drilled dot-in-circle decoration and vertical hole through the body for suspension. A much sought-after iconic early Mesopotamian amulet type. A Classic! Small chip to front legs; otherwise in excellent condition. 4.8 x 3.7 cm. Beautiful light tan stone. Ex-East Coast private collection, acquired March 1985 (ID# 1457); Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, donated 1989. #AP2246: $1200

Ancient Mesopotamia, c. 1st Millennium BC. Blue stone amulet of a kneeling ram. Simple incised detail, holed-through for suspension. Nice light purplish-blue to white color. L: 14 mm. ex-David Liebert, The Time Machine, New York. #AP2409: $225

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent little light tan limestone amulet of a stylized ram. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Traces of brown paint visible on 1 horn. Just 24 mm (1 inch) long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated May of 1982. #AP2366: $350

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent light tan limestone amulet of a stylized ram. With wonderfully-carved features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Light deposits in the crevices. 27 mm (1 1/16") long. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #1512), originally donated October of 1985. #AP2377: $299

Ancient Sumeria, c. 2500-2000 BC. Excellent small light tan stone amulet of a stylized ram. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Light deposits in the crevices. 21 mm (7/8") long. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #1569), originally donated September of 1985. #AP2378: $275

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent little light tan limestone amulet of a stylized ram. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Light deposits in the crevices. 20 mm (1316") long. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #1735), originally donated September of 1986. #AP2379: $250

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent creme marble amulet of a stylized ram. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Rare to be found in marble! 26 mm (1 inch) long. Back legs broken off thousands of years ago. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #1510), originally donated September of 1985. #AP2376: $299

A Sumerian tan shell pendant of a long-tailed rodent, early 3rd Millennium BC, of stylized bust elegant form with attractive patination and central hole for suspension. L: 4.1 cm (1 5/8”). Ex-East Coast private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession (acc. #1500). #AP2382: $299

A large crème/gray steatite head of a bovine, Palestine, c. 2nd Millennium BC, well-formed with recessed eyes, suspension hole drilled through the neck. 34 mm x 18 mm (1 5/16” x 3/4”). Light deposits. Ex-East Coast private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession (acc. #0520). #AP2381: $399

A Sumerian dark grey steatite amulet of a ram, late 3rd Millennium BC, of lovely style with short horns and large suspension hole through the body. 15 mm x 9 mm (5/8” x 3/8”). Ex-East Coast private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession (acc. #0051). #AP2385: $250

Ancient Sumeria, c. 2500-2000 BC. A fantastic group of TINY limestone amulets of bovines/bulls. With nice little features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Sizes range from just 6-10 mm (1/4" to 3/8") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated December of 1982.
#AP2301G: $99 each


Mesopotamia. Uruk / Jemdet Nasr period, c. 3300-2900 BC.
Light green stone seal in the shape of a reclining fox. The base engraved with a series of shallow drilled holes (not shown in photos... can send photo of this on request). 22 mm (7/8"). Holed-through for suspension. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. Lovely light color! Photo a bit dark. #AP2258: $375


Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Gorgeous little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 14 mm (9/16") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated April of 1982. #AP2345: $299 SOLD

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Gorgeous little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 14 mm (9/16") long and very robust/thick. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated May of 1982. #AP2348: $275

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Lovely TINY red steatite amulet of a ram. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 12 mm (7/16") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated March 1981. #AP2344: $199

Mesopotamia, c. 3000-2000 BC. Gorgeous little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. 18 mm (3/4") and very robust/thick. Beautiful deep red color. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (inv. #0648), originally donated August of 1981. #AP2349: $299

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Nice little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 12 mm (7/16") long. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #01403), originally donated May of 1984. #AP2360: $199

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Nice little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 13 mm (1/2") long. Gorgeous dark red color. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #01430), originally donated June of 1985. #AP2361: $250

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Nice little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. 14 mm (9/16") long. DArk red color, tip of one horn missing. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession (Inv. #01403), originally donated June of 1985. #AP2362: $225

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent little white limestone amulet of a stylized bovine. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 10 mm (13/32") long! Slightly chipped. Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated September 1985. #AP2343: $125 SOLD

Ancient Mesopotamia, c. 3rd Millennium BC. Black stone amulet of a crouching lion. With two drilled eyes and incised features, smoothed from wear in antiquity. Drilled through for suspension. L: 24 mm. A scarce and stylistic example of a very early amulet! ex-David Liebert, The Time Machine, New York. #AP2410: $299

Sumeria, c. 3rd Millennium BC. Rare Sumerian shell pendant in the form of a canine. With incised detail and central hole for suspension. W: 43 mm (1 11/16"). Nicely preserved! Ex-W. Konrad, Brown Evangelical Ministries, Detroit MI. #AP2240: $450

Ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia, Late 2nd – 1st Millennium BC. Gorgeous red and tan jasper stylized cat amulet. Nicely carved with alert ears and good detail. 24 x 17mm. Well-preserved and decorated with drilled circles, vertical hole through back for suspension. Beautiful stone! Ex-East Coast private collection; acquired June 1982 (ID #0007); Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, donated 1989. ex-The California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession. #AP2245: $599 SOLD


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Mesopotamia. Uruk / Jemdet Nasr period, c. 3300-2900 BC.
Cute translucent calcite amulet of a standing quadruped, perhaps a horse? 17x6 mm (5/8" x 1/2"). Holed-through horizontally for suspension. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2256: $350
SOLD

Mesopotamia, 3rd Millennium BC. Excellent black serpentine amulet in the form of a lion. Nicely carved with attractive glossy surfaces. 16 x 13mm. Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, donated in 1989 (inv #1382). #AP2271: $375 SOLD

Mesopotamia. Uruk / Jemdet Nasr period, c. 3300-2900 BC.
Great black stone amulet of a cow or bull's head. Most likely part of a celt amulet. 26 mm (15/16") long. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2255: $425
SOLD

A grey chalcedony amulet of a bear, Susa, 3rd Millennium BC, a very rare amulet type and carved from attractive translucent stone with lengthwise hole for suspension. 17 mm x 12 mm (3/4" x 1/2"). Ex-East Coast private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession (acc. #0009). #AP2384: $199 SOLD

A mini red-marble amulet of a dove, Syria, 3rd - 2nd Millennium BC, beautifully carved for such a tiny object with suspension hole through the body. 11 mm x 7 mm. Ex-East Coast private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession (acc. #1490). #AP2383: $175 SOLD


Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent TINY light tan limestone amulet of a stylized bovine. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 10 mm (13/32") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated September 1985. #AP2342: $150 SOLD

Mesopotamia. Uruk / Jemdet Nasr period, c. 3300-2900 BC. Brown limestone amulet of a reclining fox. 23 mm (7/8"), repaired. Holed-through for suspension (now clogged). Nice color. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2257: $450 SOLD

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Gorgeous little red steatite amulet of a bull. With nicely-incised, stylistic features, holed-through vertically for suspension. Just 14 mm (9/16") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated May of 1982. #AP2347: $299 SOLD

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Excellent little tan marble amulet of a stylized ram. With nice features, circular designs on body, holed-through vertically for suspension. Traces of green on surfaces likely remains of its original bronze or copper setting. Just 18 mm (3/4") long! Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art deaccession, originally donated May of 1982. #AP2363: $299 SOLD