Stamp seals first appeared in Mesopotamia around the early 6th millennium BC. They were used as an administrative tool, acting as a signature, for stamping on clay surfaces, as were the cylinder seals invented in the 4th millennium BC. Traditional Mesopotamian seals had a profound aesthetic influence on the peripheral regions, among which Anatolian stamp seals inherited most of the typical features from the Old Assyrian period (circa 2000-1700 BC).
Anatolian Black Stone Stamp Seal
A finely engraved Anatolian black stone stamp seal featuring an engraving of a highly stylised animal, possibly an ibex, enclosed inside a ring. The seal has a cylindrical shape with a conical top, and is pierced longitudinally for suspension, suggesting it could have also been worn as an ornament by the owner.
Condition: Very fine.