A Syro-Anatolian terracotta stamp seal, featuring zoomorphic representations engraved to the surface. It has the iconic shape of a Syrian and Anatolian stamp seal, characterised by a rectangular-shaped base and a short conical knob on the top, pierced for suspension, now blocked.
Date: Circa 12th - 7th century BC Provenance: Ex private collection, S.M., London, acquired 1970-99. Condition: Fine condition, small chips to the edges around the base.
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).
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