A Sumerian Lapis Lazuli Stamp Seal, Jemdet Nasr Period, ca 3100 - 2700 BC

dome shaped, superb blue and white patterning to the stone, the base drilled with a heavy concentration of 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 BC). The earliest stamp seals were used in administration to impress clay tags and roughly circular pieces of clay. These date to the Halaf period and come from excavations at Tell Sabi Abyad and Arpachiyah in north Mesopotamia. A little later, seals were used on the fastenings of doors and containers.

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall.  Shown with stamp impression.

Dimensions:   2 cm (3/4 inch)

Provenance:  Anavian Family Collection acquired over 30 years ago by David and Henry Anavian, in Iran, prior to the Shah's departure.


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