A very high quality stamp seal in Carnelian, with a Scorpio engraved on it's face, 4th.-6th. century AD.
Sassanian seals with Scorpios are in high demand amoing collectors, but they are normally carved somewhat crudely; This seal is very fine engraved and the scorpio is here rendered quite naturalistic in an almost classical style. Add to this the great beauty of the seal itself, a wonderful carnelian stone with dark brown clouds and blodred veins, perfectly polished.
Size: 18-19 mm. wide.
Ex. Egeskov Collection, an important and rare collection of Sassanian seals, handpicked over 30 years of collecting. Ex Antony Douch, London Jeveller, ca. 1999, formerly in British private collection.