طبعة ختم اسطواني هو اصغر و اقدم قطعة سُرِقت من المتحف العراقي في 2003
 

# Salam Taha

This seal  was found in Hamrin, north of Baghdad. At 4,600 years old it's the oldest object in our Museum of Lost Objects, and at 3.9cm (1.5in) high, also the smallest.When rolled in wet clay, it vividly depicts an ancient harvest festival, presided over by a powerful goddess, as pictured above.

Image caption A man holding a branch is used as a chair

"The goddess is an agricultural goddess," says al-Gailani. "Her chair is a man with a branch in his hand! It's an attendant and she's sitting on him. You don't see that often. Really this is very unique."

In front of the goddess, the scene is split into two tiers. The upper tier shows a group of men in a boat, travelling by river to the festival. There's also a goat which represents the produce or property of the temple.

The lower tier depicts more figures carrying items on their heads - probably baskets containing agricultural produce - which are then placed in a big pile in front of the goddess.

It's a reminder of the importance of ancient Mesopotamia's relationship to the earth. It was the agricultural revolution in this part of the world that led, eventually, to the birth of human civilisation.

Hamrin Seal