Sasanian Agate Seal Stamp Bead

Sasanian Agate Seal Stamp Bead
Circa 3rd-7th Century AD

A finely rendered Sasanian seal stamp featuring a round shape and a hole for suspension. The flat face of the seal has been carved with the depiction of what could be a mythical zoomorphic creature.

The Sasanian Empire was the last Persian imperial dynasty before Islam. In the Ancient Near East, both cylinder seals and stamp seals were used as signatures in daily commerce and economic transactions. By the Sasanian period however, cylinder seals were replaced by stamp seals, used by officials and individuals. Seals were made from semi-precious stones such as carnelian, jasper, agate and several more. It is also likely that the choosing of a specific stone was due to personal individual taste, and that each colour and material held a symbolic meaning.

Measurements: circa 1.5cm diameter, 1.3cm length

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

Lot details
Seal Stamp Bead
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 3rd-7th Century AD
Good Condition, See Photo
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