A Sumerian Serpentine Stamp Seal, ca. Jemdet Nasr Period, ca. 3100 - 2700 BCE
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Dome-shaped, the base drilled with a heavy concentration of circular forms, pierced for wearing.
Early seals and their impressions (sealings) have been found at a number of sites in south-eastern Anatolia, the Levant and north Mesopotamia, and date to the late Neolithic period (7500 - 6000 BCE). The earliest stamp seals were used in administration to impress clay tags and roughly circular pieces of clay.
Dimensions: Length: 13 mm (0.5 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s