Levantine Stamp Seal with Antelope

Culture: Levant
Period: Late 2nd millennium B.C.
Material: Black stone
Dimensions: 2 cm x 1.6 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 6490
Provenance: From the German collection Gustav Oberländer (1926-2012).
Condition: Intact
Description: Levantine stamp seal of black stone with a rectangular, densely engraved image area. Depicted is a slender animal with horns and spread legs, possibly an antelope, which has its head raised to eat from a tree. Around the animal thick branches. The image area is framed. The handle is rounded and lengthwise pierced for suspension. On the handle a tag with the collection number 878. In ancient times seals guaranteed the authenticity of labelled properties. As such, they served for legal transactions and protected good from theft. Usually, these seals were worn around the neck or on a belt, where they always were handy.