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.
- Near Eastern
- Cylindrical Stamp Seal
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 2nd Millennium BC
- Good Condition, See Photo