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* A Mesopotamian Chlorite Gable Seal, Late Neolithic Period, ca. 5300 - 5100 BCE

MA2007

Carved from black chlorite, this example is of oval form and a raised central drill-hole, the base incised with a cross-hatched design.

Stamp seals were used in a similar way to modern signet rings: a negative object used to impress a design into another material, often clay. They are common from around 7000 BCE and have remained in use in parts of the world continuously until the present day.

cf: Denham, Simon, Late Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic Glyphs and Stamp Seals In the British Museum. London: The British Museum Press, 2018. p. 65

Dimensions: Length: 3.1 cm (1.22 inches)

Condition: Overall intact and in very good condition.

Provenance:  Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s


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