Fine Selection of Sassanian Stamp Seals

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A selection of Sassanian stamp seals, ellipsoid in form and engraved from various semi-precious stones. Their flat base is inscribed with typical Sassanian seal imagery. Each seal is perforated through the centre.

Date: Circa 3rd-7th century AD
Provenance: Ex Robin Symes Gallery, Mayfair, UK, before 1999.
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Product Code: NES-123
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Sassanian stamp seals form the largest class of surviving artefacts from Mesopotamia and thus document life and society unlike any other material culture. Sassanian seals were a personal statement of identity, regardless of the fact that many seals shared the same similar glyptic iconography. Iconography on Sassanian seals was varied and certainly multi-faceted. Whilst portraits could be a personal depiction, images of animals were linked to mythology and cultic practices. Studying the material culture at hand, it is also clear that many motifs that were adapted to a Sassanian aesthetic, might have been directly borrowed from the existing Babylonian and Assyrian prototypes. Detailed depictions, once employed by Assyrian artists, were reduced to a standardised, schematised formula and were blended with abstract, geometric lines, as seen in Sassanian illustrations.


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Semi-Precious Stone

Carnelian, Hard Stone


Near East (Western Asiatic)

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