A Levantine Black Serpentine Seal, ca. late 2nd - early 1st millennium BCE
Seals of this form represent the most basic examples of seals for everyday use by common people. These pyramid-shaped seals are of black stone, often steatite, and have square impression bases. They all have bi-directional drill holes through the top of the pyramid to allow for suspension. This example features a cross engraving at the base.
Dimensions: Height: 1/2 inch (1.27 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Stewart Giles (1951-1993) private collection acquired in London between 1978 and 1982, then by family descent.
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