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Stamps and seals - Stamp seals and signet rings

Banded calcite ram-shaped stamp seal, Tell Agrab, Uruk Period (ca. 4000 – 3100 BC).

Banded calcite ram-shaped stamp seal, Tell Agrab, Uruk Period (ca. 4000 – 3100 BC).

© Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Ellipsoid carnelian stamp decorated with a scorpion, Sassanian period (224 – 677 AD), 2.4 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm.

Ellipsoid carnelian stamp decorated with a scorpion, Sassanian period (224 – 677 AD), 2.4 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm.

© Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Paris / Raphaël Chipault

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Material
Bones | Shell | Stone | Terracotta
Type
Seals | Stamps | Accessories, jewellery and seals
Details
Stone, terracotta, shell, bone. Engraved or carved, pierced through its centre or at the top. With geometric or figurative motifs (humans, animals, deities, buildings) in mythological, religious and/or daily life scenes. |  | Stamp seals may be ellipsoidal or animal-, gable- or pyramid-shaped. Rings have a flat top with motifs in relief. Size: pictures 1.5-3 cm, seals 2-4 cm.  |  |
Red List
Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk - 2015 Update
Countries
Iraq
Period
6th millennium – 300 BC