A Near Eastern Steatite Stamp Seal, Late Neolithic Period, ca. 5300 - 5100 BCE
A Near Eastern Steatite Stamp Seal, Late Neolithic Period, ca. 5300 - 5100 BCE
A Near Eastern Steatite Stamp Seal, Late Neolithic Period, ca. 5300 - 5100 BCE

A Near Eastern Steatite Stamp Seal, Late Neolithic Period, ca. 5300 - 5100 BCE

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Carved from grey steatite, this example is of oval form and a raised central drill-hole, the base incised with horizontal bands bisected by diagonal lines.

Stamp seals were used in a similar way to modern signet rings: a negative object used to impress a design into another material, often clay. They are common from around 7000 BCE and have remained in use in parts of the world continuously until the present day.

cf: Denham, Simon, Late Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic Glyphs and Stamp Seals In the British Museum. London: The British Museum Press, 2018. p. 65

Condition: The seal is intact and in very good condition overall

Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm), Width: 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm)

Provenance: David Liebert, NY, collection, thereafter a private NYC collection.

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