Canaanite Stamp Seal with Geometric Floral Pattern


A finely engraved limestone Canaanite stamp seal, featuring an iconic oval shape with floral representations engraved in an abstract, geometric glyphic style. This design may possibly be schematic papyrus stalks. The seal has a horizontal perforation, suggesting it was once worn as a personal ornament, the reverse is unadorned.

Date: Circa 7th-6th century BC
Condition: Very fine condition


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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.

Weight 2.4 g
Dimensions L 1.3 x W 1.1 cm