This Fertile Land
You might think a handful of coin-size carved-stone personal seal-stamps wouldn't excite more than yawns. But it excited an eight-year-old boy among the visitors on a recent Sunday afternoon. "Can we make a stamp when we get home?" he asked his grandfather.
"I guess we could make one from a sponge," answered Grandpa.
"How do you do that?"
"You cut away part of it, so that the parts left are what you stamp with."
"Do we have an extra sponge?"
He was probably inspired by the exhibit's interactive table of Iraqi and Iranian seal-stamp motifs. Paper slips and fifteen rubber stamps accompanied by stamp pads invite visitors to invent their own personal seal-stamps using yellow ibexes, green leaves, purple chevrons, blue shamans, sulfurous scorpions, and other images taken from the exhibit's 5,000-year-old seal-stamps.