of black steatite or chlorite, the motif of this stamp seal is a stylized deer. Because of the lack of antlers, it is most likely a doe.
During the Neolithic period (ca. 7000 B.C.), stamp seals are known from northern Iraq, northern Syria, and southeastern Anatolia. These pendants were carved with designs that probably combined a glyptic and an amuletic role and are of simple, mostly geometric forms. This seal demonstrates the development in the Ubaid period of seals depicting animals. It is gable shaped which was very popular in Northern Syria.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition. A very fine and rare example.
Dimensions: 41mm x 30mm x 16mm (at apex).
Provenance: Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, and then by descent. Dr. Stephan was a US intelligence officer who also held a degree in archaeology. He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey in the late 1960's with the US government and during this time acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.