A finely rendered Near Eastern cylinder seal with incised details, such as a seated figure along the side. The figures might represent performing a ceremonial or religious offering. The bottom also has engravings still present, but with details that are no longer distinguishable. 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 2.4cm height
Provenance: From an important Mayfair collection, 1970-1999; thence by descent.
- Cercano Oriente
- Piedra negra
- Sello de sello de cilindro
- Siglo / marco temporal
- Circa 1st Millennium BC
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