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.
Fine Selection of Sassanian Stamp Seals
£ 195.00 – £ 220.00
A selection of Sassanian stamp seals of typical Sassanian oval and ring shapes, engraved with various iconic Sassanian glyptic motifs. They are ellipsoid in form with a single flat side for impressions.
Provenance: Robin Symes Gallery, St James's, London, before 1999.
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A, B, C
Carnelian, Chalcedony, Hard Stone
Near East (Western Asiatic)