An incredibly fine Near Eastern, Urartu (modern Armenia) hardstone bell shaped stamp seal. The sides of the cylinder feature what appear to be a zoomorphic creature as featured engravings. The base features engravings which are also still visible, possibly another zoomorphic creature. Earthly encrustations on the surface. The suspension loop is now missing.
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 2.4cm height
Provenance: Ex major SM., London, Collection 1970-2010.
- Near Eastern Urartu
- Bell Shaped Stamp Seal
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1000 BC
- Good Condition, See Photo