AN IMPORTANT LARGE MIDDLE EASTERN BLACK STEATITE STAMP SEAL
The large knob handle cut with a checkerboard pattern and drilled transversely for suspension. The face of the seal is deeply engraved, the field dominated by a large bull, a large wolf beneath it. The balance of the field is filled with five smaller ibexes and landscape elements.
Pre-Dynastic, Tell Halaf to Jemdet Nasr,5th to 4th Millennium BC
Height: 46 mm. (1 13/16 in.)Diam: 28 mm. (1 1/8 in.)
Ex: American private collection, acquired on the Swiss market, 1992, thence by descent.
Published: Antiquarium; Ancient Treasures XX. (London, 2022) p.12
Comparandum:Doumet, Claude; Sceaux et cylindres orientaux : la collection Chiha (Fribourg, 1992) nos. 233 & 236