An incredibly fine Near Eastern, Urartu (modern Armenia) red hardstone bell shaped stamp seal topped with a loop for suspension. The base of the cylinder features an engraving still visible, possibly depicting a mythical creature. Earthly encrustations on the surface.
Stamp seal and cylinder seals are one of the most distinctive genres of ancient Near Eastern glyphic arts, representing the favoured decorative images and revealing the religious realm of the Ancient Near East. Stamp seals might have first been produced during the 6th-5th millennium BC, in Mesopotamia, when selling goods for administrative uses.
Measurements: circa 2.1cm length, 1.3cm width
Provenance: Ex major SM., London, Collection 1970-2010.
- Near Eastern Urartu
- Bell Shaped Stamp Seal
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1000 BC
- Good Condition, See Photo