Assyro-Babylonian Chalcedony Stamp Seal with Worshiper & Altar
C. 7th – 6th century BC
A beautiful example of a chalcedony stamp seal (conoid pyramid) depicting a worshiper or priest dressed in long robes, with arms raised, standing in front of an altar surmounted by a spade and stylus. The spade is a symbol of the chief god of Babylon, Marduk, and the stylus is a symbol of Nabu, god of writing.
Small surface marks with good carvings and a nice example.
Ref: Similar example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: X.304.2
Provenance: Ex H. N. Collection, Milton Keynes, collected in 1980’s – 1990’s.
Size: 20mm diam x 27mm tall
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