H: 3.44 cm. W: 2.93 cm. Thickness: 0.56 cm
Provenance: no indication
Early Dynastic III. Mid 3rd millennium B.C.
Condition: slight chip to top of pole, two diagonal holes at back for the passing of a wire or thread for attachment, a hole through the front reaching through to them. Surface smooth, a warm yellowish hue.
The upper part of a figure holding a pole (for a standard). This inlay has a rapport with cut-outs for inlaying and might have been part of an ensemble somewhat similar to those appearing on the mosaic "standard" from the Royal Cemetery at Ur  and various shell figures from Mari .
1 London, British Museum WA 121 201: Strommenger, E., Hirmer, M.: Cinq millénaires d'art mésopotamien (Paris, 1964), no. 72, pp. 68-69, pl. X, XI.
2 Paris, Louvre Museum AO 19820: Parrot, A.: Mission archéologique de Mari I. Le temple d'Ishtar (Paris, 1956), nos. 458-459, pp. 145-146 fig. 87.