Western Asiatic Blue Glass Stamp Seal with Hunt Scene


A Western Asiatic blue glass stamp seal featuring a scaraboid shape. Finely carved on the flat surface is a hunt scene, depicting a standing figure grasping an animal, possible a lion or dog, by its head. The seal is perforated longitudinally for suspension, however it is now blocked.

Please note the clay impression is for reference only.

Date: Circa 6th - 4th century BC
Provenance: Collected from 1969-1999. From the collection of the late Mr S.M., London, UK.
Condition: Fine condition. Abrasions along with beautiful iridescence to the surface.

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A seal comprises of a design carved onto a hard material: although most often made of stone, there are also examples rendered in bone, ivory, faience, glass, metal, wood, and even sun-dried or baked clay. Both the material and the scene carved on the seal might have been ascribed with protective qualities. In the ancient world, seals guaranteed the authenticity of marked ownership – as such, they were instrumental in legal transactions, and in the protection of goods against theft. 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 period in ancient Mesopotamian history contributed in developing styles and techniques of glyphic arts, making seals important in determining chronological phases by providing a visual chronicle of style and iconography.

For more about stamp seals, see our relevant blog post: Making their Mark: A Concise Guide to Western Asiatic Stamp Seals

Weight 2.44 g
Dimensions L 1.6 x W 1.3 x H 0.6 cm



Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 130843

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