A Rare Authentic Ancient Persian Sasanian transparent glass stamp seal from 224-651 A.D. with convex upper surface, reverse beautifully carved with intaglio of the mythical hornet Griffin.
In central and southern Mesopotamia, both stamp and cylinder seals appeared together near the end of the third millennium B.C. Many stamp seals were carved in the form of an animal or an animal head, and the sealing surface was decorated with simple designs and often representing animals.
It is possible that many of the stamps were not actually used as seals but were worn primarily as amulets.
Sassanian stamp seals are mostly ellipsoidal in shape, and some have carved decoration to enhance the rich-looking translucent stones they favored, large holes in the center of the ellipsoids enabled them to be strung on chains or thongs and worn around their owners' necks.
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CONDITION: Showing its age and usage.
MEASUREMENTS: approximately 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in)
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