Fine seal carved in Quartz-Diorite, engraved with winged animal, likely a Griffin, on the base, Neo-Assyrian, 9th-6th. century BC.
Very attractive stone carved in a pyramidal shape with small piercing at the top. The use of diorite in art was most important among very early Middle Eastern civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria, and Sumer. It was so valued in early times that the first great Mesopotamian empire—the Empire of Sargon of Akkad—listed the taking of diorite as a purpose of military expeditions.
Size: 14 mm.
Condition: Intact, finely patinated, uncleaned. Stone with fine veins, unrepaired.
Ex. Egeskov Fine Arts