Sasanian Carnelian Stamp Seal with Male Profile

£ 125.00

A fine carnelian stone stamp seal dating back to the Sassanian Empire period. Engraved upon the seals flat side is the profile of a male facing left complete with a helmet. The stone is horizontally pierced for suspension. Minor chip to the bottom of the seal.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD
Condition: Good condition; chipped at the bottom left corner.

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SKU: SA-14 Category: Tag:

Mesopotamia has been regarded as the cradle of ancient glyphic arts, with the earliest cylinder seals proven to have been firstly executed during the Bronze Age, circa 4th Millennium BC. Each following a period in Ancient Mesopotamian history which contributed to the developing styles and techniques of glyphic arts. Zoomorphic, mythical creatures and religious scenes became one of the most favoured decorative repertoires applied on cylinder seals. Commonly, these seals were fastened around the neck for easy access. The engraving of a man with a helmet an impression significant to a signature. After having succeeded over the Parthian Empire, the Sasanian Empire became the last imperial dynasty and political power to rule in the region of the Near East and western Asia before the arrive of Islam.

For more about stamp seals, see our relevant blog post: Making their Mark

Weight 5.2 g
Dimensions L 1.6 x W 1 cm
Semi-Precious Stones



Reference: For Similar: The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Item F1993.15.3