Near Eastern Urartu Alabaster Bell Shaped Stamp Seal

Near Eastern Urartu Alabaster Bell Shaped Stamp Seal
Circa 1000 BC

An incredibly fine Near Eastern, Urartu (modern Armenia) alabaster bell shaped stamp seal topped with a loop for suspension. The base of the cylinder features an engraving still slightly visible. 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 3.6cm height, 1.5cm width

Provenance: Ex major SM., London, Collection 1970-2010.

Lot details
Near Eastern Urartu
Bell Shaped Stamp Seal
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1000 BC
Good Condition, See Photo
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