An Egyptian Stamp Seal for Seti I, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1279 - 1213 BCE
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A handheld stamp seal inscribed for Seti I, this important tool was used to impress lumps of clay to secure the contents of jars, bags, boxes, letters, and official documents, and to safeguard storage rooms by sealing the doors.
They were handy and easily carried on the person. Official seals were so important that at least as early as the Old Kingdom officials instructed students in the art of being "sealers." Official departments had their secular sealers such as "Sealer of the Honey," while religious organizations had their "Divine Sealer." In the Middle Kingdom, the royal treasury had its Chancellor and "Keeper of the Royal Seal."
Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ulrich Mueller private collection, Zurich, Switzerland acquired between 1968 - 1978.