Description Stamps and seals indicating ownership or manufacture were very important during the Early Byzantine period. Artisans and merchants applied stamps to their products, and people used them in homes to secure closets and chests. The loops on the back allowed the stamps to be worn as rings, making them always available. The Greek inscription on this example translate as "Health". The piece was used to seal large casks of wine.
Provenance Daniel M. Friedenberg, Greenwich, Connecticut and New York, ca. 1990, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1995, by gift.
Inscriptions Inscribed in Greek: Hygieia; [Translation] Health
Credit Gift of Mr. Daniel M. Friedenberg, 1994
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