HIGHLY IMPORTANT MASSIVE SEAL RING, MIDDLE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE, CA. 14TH.-11TH. CENTURY BC.
Very impressive huge seal ring in solid silver, made in the Middle-Assyrian period, 14th.-11th. century BC.
A penannular silver hoop with butted ends and engraved with two Ibexes on either side of the Tree of Life, above them them three sun symbols and decorated at the finials with leaf-shaped patterns.
The ring was likely intended either not to wear or to wear as a thumb-ring for archery, hence the enormous size. It's main purpose was surely to function as a seal for the owner, the engravings are thus very deep and the roll-out, like the roll-outs of contemporary Cylinder seals of the period.
An extremely rare seal ring worthy of the best of collections of ancient seals.
Size: The ring itself, 34 mm. high and 28 mm. wide. Inner-diameter is ca. 28-29 mm.
Weight: 29,72 grams - a massive piece and silver itself worth a small fortune in antiquity.
Condition: Superb, cleaned with remaining thin cuprite layer in parts, very sharp and of fine metal.
See a similar type seal with Bulls instead of Stags, sold at Liveauctioneers, 29. may 2015, estimated £1200-1800 (2000-2500 USD). Our seal is both larger and in better condition than the Liveauctioneers seal.
Ex. Important Danish Private Collection, bought in the Ancient Near East in the 1950s-1960s.