Ancient Egyptian Stamp Seal of Steatite
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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: item # 1195478
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Seal stamp with coiled cord design
Measurement: 1.3 diameter x .8 cm
Material/colour: white steatite, no evidence of glaze
Technique: stone carving, drilled for suspension; no decoration on obverse.
Condition: a crack has developed but does not threaten the integrity of the piece. Two small chips from handle, one from base.
Date: First Intermediate Period
Provenance: Golden Chariot; original collection of Gustav Jecquier, reportedly from Sakkara.
Identification and Interpretation: Such patterns were in popular use in Palestinian scarab design for hundreds of years, resulting in some difficulty in dating.
Workmanship: particularly graceful scroll work.
Function and Meaning: The origins and interpretation of the geometric designs are obscure. While they may have had a purely ornamental purpose, it is possible that they possessed magical significance which was the reason for their widespread appearance . . .” Daphna Ben-Tor, The Scarab: a Reflection of Ancient Egypt, 1989, p.31
Parallels: For stamp style, see John Sarr, The Gayer-Anderson Collection, p.62; for ‘knot’ patterns p.49-50.