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Art from Home: Stories of Cultural Connections

Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the museum to you by telling stories about the art works on loans from our partners and from our collection through video, audio and activities that can be downloaded for children.

Seal of a merchant from Dilmun

Umm an Nar culture
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas
1900-1800 BCE
Steatite (?)
Department of Culture & Tourism , Abu Dhabi
AM 4500 | approx. 2 cm

Discovered off the coast of Abu Dhabi, this seal, representing an animal in profile, probably belonged to a merchant from Dilmun (today Bahrain), who came to stock up on the coasts of the Emirates. Its existence is indicative of the dynamic trade in the Gulf at the end of the 2nd millennium BCE.

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