The earliest glyphic art emerged in the fertile plain of the Two Rivers around the beginning of the 5th millennium B.C. Around the initial stage of the 1st millennium BC, Canaanites were influenced by both Egyptians and Mesopotamians, politically and culturally, and started to produce scarab seals that comprised typical Egyptian forms and traditional Mesopotamian motifs. Canaan was a Semitic-speaking region in the ancient Near East during the late second millennium BC. The name “Canaan” corresponds to the Levant, and more specifically to the areas of the Southern Levant. The word “Canaanites” designates various indigenous populations, both those who were settled, and nomadic groups throughout the regions of the Southern Levant or Canaan.
Canaanite Green Jasper Scarab Seal Stamp
A dark green jasper scarab seal stamp, dating from the Canaanite period. Taking the form of a typical Egyptian scarab, with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines.It is decorated to the reverse with a central falcon hieroglyph, flanked by two Deshret crowns of Lower Egypt, one inverted. The placement of the hieroglyphs insinuates that the hieroglyphs were chosen for the apotropaic values rather than specific meanings.
The scarab seal is longitudinally pierced for suspension, suggesting it might have been worn as a personal ornament by the owner.
Condition: Fine condition.