Sasanian Agate Stamp Seal with Hare

Culture: Sasanian
Period: 4th-6th century A.D.
Material: Agate
Dimensions: 2 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 6476
Provenance: From the German collection Gustav Oberländer (1926-2012).
Condition: Insignificant ancient traces of wear, intact.
Description: Sasanian seal of pure agate in spherical form with a flattened side, on which a stylized animal, possibly a hare, is incised. The outside is finely polished. 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. The engraving of stylized animals and the round form are typical characteristics of Sasanian seals. Pierced horizontally for suspension.