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Fancy Jasper with hematite band, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
15 x 18 x 13 mm., 5.68 grams

Portrait of bearded and jeweled man with inscription above.

A gorgeous stone and fine detail.  The characters are written in "inscriptional Pahlavi" and may represent the name of the pictured original owner or may state "reliance on the Gods".  Further translation will be required to be sure.

providence: ex. "Sunshine Collection, California" prior to 1980
                  with PBJI, Maryland, purchased 2008 


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Carnelian, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
18 x 20 x 17 mm., 7.95 grams

Gayomard with dog - the mythical first human being.

Nice dark stone with partial light band.  Nice detail with good impression.

Reference: Göbl table 1-1b



Hematite, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
16 x 16 x 16 mm., 7.19 grams

Horse walking right, head raised, with crescent moon above.

Nice seal with popular style.  Nice strong engraving and smooth impression.

Reference: Göbl table 17 - 48b



Steatite. Syria/Southern Mesopotamia. Proto-literate period.
Late 5th - early 3rd millinium B.C.
25 x 23 mm.

Gable type seal of a quadruped animal right and a plant.

The iconography of this particular gable seal is crude, suggesting that it is possibly an earlier example.

Condition is VF+ - aXF, with scratches on the surface, but otherwise in good condition.

cf: Ashmolean II, 115.


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Marble. Syro-Hittite.
1300 – 1200 B.C.
18 x 15 mm.

Round stamp seal with carved decorated handle. The face of the seal shows four bulls, two with tall horns and two with rounded horns, all facing away from each other.  Two of the bulls have very distinct Hittite style large eyes, as per Dominque Beyer, “Quelques sceaux-cylindres Syro-Hittites inedits ou peu connus,” N. Ozguc festscrift, p. 71, 1 and B. Teissier, ”The ruler on Glyphtic from Kultepe,” ibid, p. 603, 3,4. They are possibly representations of the Hurri and Snurri, the divine bulls of heaven, pets of Teshub.  

This is an extremely rare and interesting Hittite seal made east of Kanesh (as per the iconography.)

Condition of the example is XF – XF+.


A truly spectacular example for Anatolian enthusiasts.



Carnelian, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
11 x 15 x 12 mm., 3.07 grams

Farmer and two zebus.

Lovely pale red/orange/yellow stone.  Uncommon type. Hard to take a good picture of this stone so I am glad the impression came out well.

Reference: no examples in Göbl



Steatite. Provincial Syrian.
2000 – 1750 B.C.
20 mm.

Man facing with bow drawn, in crude linear style. To l. a rabbit running, facing r. Above and behind the rabbit, geometric designs.

Worn at points and some attached encrustations.

cf: Ashmolean, 837 and 839 for similar style though not similar iconography.


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Hematite, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
10 x 15 x 13 mm., 3.80 grams

Pomegranate flower and leaves.  Engraved back.

Nice smaller seal with fully engraved back.  The pomegranate has been cultivated since ancient times. 

Reference: Göbl table 41 - plate 9.



Banded Chalcedony, Sasanian Empire, "O" type stamp seal
A.D. 224 - 651
9 x 18 x 15 mm., 3.89 grams

Stag bust, head facing right, with pair of wings below and stars to the left and right.

Nice stone, popular motif.

Reference: Göbl table 18 - 51q.


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Cream Marble with Black and red speckles, Akkadian.
c. 2500 – 2350 B.C.
26 x 17 mm.

Contest scene of a man, facing r. and a deer rearing l. Behind the deer, a lion, l. rearing. Behind, a second man, r. holding the tail of the lion. To r. a third man and deer rearing struggle before a plant. This is a fairly well recognized Akkadian style of contest scenes, with several struggles happening on a single example. The condition of the piece is XF – XF+.

Cf: Porada, PM 140 (var.)



Lapis. Old Babylonian Period.
1900 – 1650 B.C.
32 x 16 mm.

The god Adad, (god of weather) stands l. with r. arm outstretched holding a forked scepter. Before him are two naga, both facing r. The first is being presented to the god, the second behind has her hands raised in supplication.

Three line inscription behind:

Kishib [sha] … “The seal of …
UR d. …                      Ur of …
LUGAL …                     Master (Lord) of …

Heavily damaged example.  The inscription on this example follows a very uncommon pattern for the period, that is:

Kishib [sha]
Personal Name

The damage on the example is quite extensive, with only about ½ the seal readable. As well, there is a crack along the bottom portion of the seal that runs clearly through the example.

cf: Yale, 892 (var.)


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Steatite. Syria/Southern Mesopotamia. Proto-literate period.
Late 4th millinium B.C.
45 x 42 mm.

Hemispheroid stamp seal with hatch marks running vertically and horizontally.

Scarcer example of stamp seals in the region, however these were still produced widely in period. Condition of this example is hindered because of a deposit on the back of the seal (hardened river sediment).  Otherwise a VF example.

For type, please see:
Ashmolean II, 30


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Steatite. Syria/Southern Mesopotamia. Proto-literate period.
Late 5th - early 3rd millinium B.C.
45 x 40 mm.

Gable seal. Running Ibex right with vegetation below.

Fairly common example produced over a large period of time. The seal was probably broken on the upper right hand side, losing about 15 mm. of area in that portion of the seal. Serious wear is evident on the back of the seal, where the central hole has been exposed several mm. on the bottom of the piece.

cf: Ashmolean II, 98 and 107 for similar.


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Blue Glass. Late Neo-Assyrian/Pre-Achaemenid period.
750 – 550 B.C.
23 x 16 mm.

Conical stamp seal with concaved face. Faint impression of a man, carved in linear style facing left and a deer bucking, facing right.

A scarcer example than other stamp seals of the era, in part because of the material used to make the seal. Condition of the seal itself is VG; though the shadow of the bucking deer is evident with enough study.

cf: Rost, 476,477 for variation of type.


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Steatite. Syria/Southern Mesopotamia. Proto-literate period.
Late 5th - early 3rd millinium B.C.
27 mm.

Hemispheroid seal of a quadruped animal with horns and a tail facing left.

While these type seals are fairly common, this particular example’s iconography is dissimilar to others noted in major collections from the period. Condition of the piece is VF+, with wear evident on the central hole on both entrance points. Otherwise a pleasing example with uncommon iconography to period.

Ashmolean II -. Erlenmeyer -. Homes Fredericq -. Rost -. 



Tan River Stone. Syria/Southern Mesopotamia. Proto-literate period.
Late 5th - early 3rd millinium B.C.
36 x 30 mm.

Rectangular stamp seal with hatch mark lines and drill points.

An interesting early example, in the shape of a plaque. Condition of the example is VF; hampered in part by wear on the central hole on both ends and obvious deterioration on the face of the seal.

cf: Yale 12 a (var.)


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