Babylonian Carnelian Stamp Seal

Babylonian Carnelian Stamp Seal
Circa 1200- 800 BC

A finely engraved Babylonian carnelian octagonal stamp seal depicting the Sun-God Shamash, lifting one of his legs whilst stepping on a rock. He is wearing a woven skirt and a hairstyle usually worn by kings and deities. He is presented holding a club, one of his distinctive attributes.

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, used for selling goods and administrative uses.

Measurements: 2cm height, 1.3cm width

Provenance: Ex major SM., London, Collection 1970-99.

Lot details
Stamp Seal
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1200- 800 BC
Good Condition, See Photo
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