Near Eastern Alabaster Cylindrical Stamp Seal

Description
Near Eastern Alabaster Cylindrical Stamp Seal
Circa 2nd Millennium BC

A Near Eastern alabaster cylindrical stamp seal. The seal features incised lines along the sides of its body, with details faded due to time. The seal has been pierced longitudinally 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 1.5cm length

Provenance: From an important Mayfair collection, 1970-1999; thence by descent.

Lot details
Culture
Near Eastern
Material
Alabaster
Object
Cylindrical Stamp Seal
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2nd Millennium BC
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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