A very rare and interesting collection of 4 ancient seals, ca. 3rd.-9th. century AD.
The centerpiece a massive square seal carved in cream stone, depicting a Roman type of horseman in full military attire with lance pointng to the ground: Below the horse a woman is laying on the ground, slightly behind the horseman another standing soldier, holding on to the lance; A winged Deity (angel?) in the top left corner. Byzantine/early medieval, likely Eastern Europe, 6th.-9th. century AD Comes with a hard impression.
3 larger and better Sassanian seals, all in carnelian; A fine large seal with a double portrait of Emperor and Empress, left a finely styled Scorpio and on the right, a standing figure holding a snake or a robe.
Size: The Byzantine seal is 48 mm high, 34 mm. wide and more than 10 mm thick. The Sassanian seals are 25 mm., 20 mm., and 18 mm. wide.
All 4 seals mounted on a plexi stand with the Byzantine piece glued on to the stand.
Ex. Very old Danish Private collection