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Ancient Egyptian Stamp Seal of Steatite

Ancient Egyptian Stamp Seal of Steatite

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Directory: 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.