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MA1309

A fine Anatolian Seal of a Warrior, Early Uruk Period, ca 3500-3200 BC

of black serpentine, the motif on this stamp seal is a warrior with shield and sword.  The motif resembles figures found on pottery from Iran which may be contemporary with the early stages of the Uruk period: 3500-3200 BC.  The gable-shaped back stamp seal was particularly popular in North Syria during the first half of the fourth millennium BC.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.  A very fine and rare example.

Dimensions: 32mm x 21mm x 10mm (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.
 

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