A finely engraved Neo-Assyrian two-compartment, stone cosmetic container, with a scorpion sculpted in an idealised naturalistic style.
It features a wide rim with two evenly executed, rounded receptacles on the top. Its slightly convex walls rise from a flat, rectangular base, extending into gently carinated shoulders, which lead to a narrowing neck. A scorpion is engraved on the body, its claws, legs and rounded body sculpted in an extremely naturalistic manner. Its tail and raised stinger are rendered in a series of continuously connected globules, which is a typical ornamental practise frequently seen on Neo-Assyrian cylinder seals.
Date: Circa 911- 609 BC