Neo-Assyrian seal with mythological creature
The octagonal stamp seal shows a hybrid creature and a priest. It originates from the Neo-Assyrian culture of the 8th to 7th cent. BC.
Neo-Assyrian stamp seal with mythological creature
White stone with brown and blueish marbling.
8th cent. BC to 7th cent. BC.
Conoid stamp seal with octagonal edges. A drill hole at the upper side of the seal could be used to string the piece. The stamp shows a mythological hybrid creature that lifts up something in the air, possibly a winged sun. In front of the creature a standing priest raising his hands in prayer.
24mm height, 17mm length, 12mm width.
Several small chips and one larger chip at the upper side near the drill hole. Otherwise good preservation.
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 has been bought at the art specialists Drouot Paris, Palais d’Orsay, Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel and Frank Sternberg AG Zürich.
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