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High quality Levantine Neo-Hittite Pyramidal stamp seal, 1st. mill. BC

High quality Levantine Neo-Hittite Pyramidal stamp seal, 1st. mill. BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1376359
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High quality Levantine Pyramidal stamp seal, Neo-Hittite kingdoms, ca. 10th.-8th. century BC.

The seal is carved in a very attractive and unusual semiprecious stone, it looks a bit like Jade / Nephrite and is very hard. Stone glossy, and mottled green with lighter inclusions.

The seal itself engraved with a fine winged Bull, likely Tilla which is a bull-god in the Hurrian and Hittite pantheons, the attendant and mount of the weather god Teshub. The first king of the ancient Hittite city of Masuwari was named Hapatila, which may represent an old Hurrian name Hepa-tilla.

Size: 16 mm.

Condition: Superb.

Ex R.T. Private collection, since 1958 in Münich, Germany.