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Stamp Seal


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Description The Hittites, whose empire rivaled that of Egypt in the 14th and 13th centuries BC, used beautifully sculpted stamp seals with writing on the bezel. Here, a central field of Hittite hieroglyphs is surrounded by others, whose meaning is uncertain. Each hieroglyph, including a seated figure, a tree, and a snake, is a richly detailed image in its own right.
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Date Description Narrative
12/06/1977Treatmentother
Provenance [Seen at Ayidin, Turkey, by M. Sorlin-Dorigny, ca. 1890; ills. Perrot and Chipiez, Art in Sardinia, II, p. 278]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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16th-15th century BCE (Late Bronze Age (Hittite Empire))
Medium
hematite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.352
Measurements
H: 1 1/2 x Diam: 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.2 cm)
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