Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age I; c. 1400-1150 BC
Rendered in a linear style this seal depicts a seated figure facing right with his arms stretched before him. To the left a human figure wearing a round cap and a fringed skirt stands between two anthropomorphized figures, one with a bulls head and one with a birds head, in procession. With linear border.
In exceptional and original condition.
2.1 x .9 cm (.826 x .354 inches)
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.
Keel-Leu and Teissier, “Die Vorderasiatischen Rollsiegel der Sammlung BIBEL+ORIENT der Universität Freiburg Schweiz” (Academic Press Fribourg: 2006)
Ben-Shlomo, “Philistine Iconography: A Wealth of Style and Symbolism” (Academic Press Fribourg: 2010)
Teissier, “Ancient Near Eastern Cylinder Seals from the Marcopoli Collection” (Summa Press: 1985)
This seal is an excellent example of Philistine iconography and a fitting representation of the intense cultural interaction which characterized the world in which they lived. Much of their material culture illustrates their ability to absorb the artistic and religious repertoire of other cultures into their own and this piece is no exception. Although a small image, the coalescence of Mitannian, Aegean and Canaanite influences are evident in its style and subject matter.