A very fine Near Eastern white stone cylinder stamp seal. It has incised lines across its sides, possibly depicting a winged figure. The seal has been pierced through for suspension.
A seal comprises a design carved onto a hard material: although most often made of stone, there are also examples rendered in bone, ivory, faience, glass, metal, wood, and even sun-dried or baked clay. In the ancient world, seals guaranteed the authenticity of marked ownership – as such, they were instrumental in legal transactions, and in the protection of goods against theft. Seal amulets with stylised animals have been found throughout Mesopotamia in contexts dating to the late fourth millennium BC, although stamp seals and cylinder seals were the predominant types in the ancient Near East.
Measurements: circa 2.8cm length
Provenance: From an important Mayfair collection, 1970-1999; thence by descent.
- Near Eastern
- White Hardstone
- Cylindrical Stamp Seal
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 2nd Millennium BC
- Good Condition, See Photo