Uruk Stamp Seal with Polypod

Culture: Mesopotamia
Period: 3rd millennium B.C.
Material: Black stone
Dimensions: 2.5 cm in diameter
Price: Sold
Ref: 6492
Provenance: From the German collection Gustav Oberländer (1926-2012).
Condition: Intact
Description: Round stamp seal of black stone with a handle-eyelet on the back. The seal area depicts a two-headed, antlered animal with nine legs, above a bird in the nosedive. The image area is circularly framed by a finely drawn groove. 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.