the motif of this seal is a stag facing left, the long antlers extend the width of the seal. The design is gable-shaped back and was particularly popular in North Syria during the first half of the fourth millennium BC.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition. A very fine example.
Dimensions: 27mm x 24mm x 6mm
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. According to Dr. Stephan's records, this seal was found in Eastern Cilicia, on the surface of a mound (base) which is 23 miles east of Adana, Turkey and 28 miles from the ancient site of Issus.