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MA1417

A Mesopotamian Marble Stamp Seal, Jemdet Nasr Period, ca 3100 - 2700 BC

a large example of oval form, the base incised with circular chevron pattern, highly polished to a smooth finish, and pierced for attachment.

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.  

Dimensions:   4.5 cm (1.75 inches)

Provenance:  Dr Richard Vadaszy private collection, NY acquired from the trade in the early 1970’s, thereafter a private NYC collection since 2006.
 

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