Ancient Monkey Import

A rare example of a primate trade item – a find from the ancient city of Susa, modern Iran, probably imported from Central Asia or the Indus Valley – can be seen in the Louvre, Paris.  The small, red limestone monkey statuette – possibly a representation of an Asian macaque – is shown seated, and dates from the 3rd millennium BCE.  Ancient Near Eastern  (cylinder and other) seals also depict monkeys squatting or seated on stools.

Gabrielle

See:    http://www.louvre.fr/en   (official site) – see page 20, Near Eastern Antiquities, or

see the work in the Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Room 231.

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