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Duck-shaped stamp seal

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Object number
AR2381
Object: Western Asiatic stamp seal in the shape of a duck

Material: Black rock, possibly granite.

Period: 7th cent. BC to 6th cent. BC.
Neo-Assyrian / Neo-Babylonian.

Description:    Stamp seal in the shape of a duck with reclining head. Type referring to Old Babylonian weights of similar design. A drill hole at the upper side could be used to string the seal. The stamp at the bottom side shows an eight-pointed star, symbol of the goddess Inanna, and a schematic winged sun, symbolizing the sun god Shamash.
The type of seal was popular in the Neo-Babylonian Empire and Neo-Assyrian Empire.

Dimensions: 26mm length, 11mm width.

Condition: Outstanding condition, apart from minor chips perfectly preserved.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2014 from a German auction house. Previously in the important collection of the notary Dr. Paul Gerhard Langenkamp (1922–2012) from Duesseldorf, Germany. Acquired into his collection from the European art market between the 1940s and 1980s. Many pieces from his collection have been bought at the art specialists Drouot Paris, Palais d’Orsay, Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel and Frank Sternberg AG Zürich.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.