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Cylinder Seal of Ur- Nammu


Neo-Sumerian.

Ur-Nammu 2112-2095BC was first king of URIII Dynasty. Here he bestows governorship on Hashamer. 


Text reads" " Ur Nammu, strong man, King of Ur: ash-hamer, of the city of Ishkun-Sin is your servant."


$34.95AUD plus P&H 

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Interactive Kit for schools. Seals in the Ancient World.

A kit that includes four seals, four seal impressions plus two medieval seals.

This kit is designed so that students may examine and experience how seals were used in the ancient world. It is suitable for "Ancient History" studies as well as "Art History". 

The students examine the seals and impressions and learn how seals were made and designed and how the impressions were made. Seals have been part of everyday life for thousands of years but today their use is rather obscure and somewhat taken for granted.

Many of the processes have now been simplified in their means of protecting goods such as the seal on your bottle of coke or more complex in the PIN code you use in banking.

By making their own seal impressions from these replica seals and examining some quite complex seal impressions the students learn about the complexity of seals in the ancient world while at the same time using their design as a window into life of the people at that time.

They will then need to consider what a seal might look like if they were required to design one for themselves and go on to do such a design. 

Mari Cylinder Seal


The Sun god holding a mace while Ea presents an offering to Ishtar.

From the City of Mari (Present day Syria). c 2000 - 1500BC


$29.95AUD plus P&H


Agate Hand-carved Cylinder Seal Reproduction HCA4


A reproduction of an ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder seal hand carved in agate.

Depicting galloping horses. 30mm tall.


$42.95AUD plus P&H

Agate Hand-carved Cylinder Seal Reproduction HCAN9 (with neck strap)


A reproduction of an ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder seal hand carved in agate.

30mm tall.


$42.95AUD plus P&H

The Cylinder Seal of Adda the Scribe

This is one of the many cylinder seals that were made when much of Mesopotamia was united under the military control of the kings of the city of Agade (Akkad). The cuneiform inscription identifies the owner of the seal as Adda, who is described as dubsar, or ‘scribe.’

The figures can be identified as gods by their pointed hats with multiple horns. The figure with streams of water and fish flowing from his shoulders is Ea (Sumerian Enki), god of subterranean waters and of wisdom. Behind him stands Usimu, his two-faced vizier (chief minister).

At the center of the scene is the sun-god, Shamash (Sumerian Utu), with rays rising from his shoulders. He is cutting his way through the mountains in order to rise at dawn.

To his left is a winged goddess, Ishtar (Sumerian Inanna). The weapons rising from her shoulders symbolize her warlike characteristics; she also holds a cluster of dates.

The god armed with a bow and quiver has not been identified with certainty, but may represent a hunting god like Nusku.

$34.95AUD plus P&H

Cylinder Seal of Darius I of Persia.


A reproduction (resin cast) seal of Darius I King of Persia 522-486BC. The image shows Darius hunting lions in his chariot. The chariot is driven by one of his men the image surrounded on each side by palm trees. Overhead is Ahura Mazda. The text is written in three languages, Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.

The seal is 33mm tall.


$26.95AUD plus P&H

Queen Puabi Cylinder Seal


This is a replica of the cylinder seal found beside the body of the Queen buried in the burial pit along with the spectacular gold head dress. The original seal was made of Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli at the time became synonymous with wealth and splendor and was attributed to the gods and heros. Most Lapis was imported from Badakhshan in Afghanistan. Lapis is actually a rock not a mineral like many other materials used for seals, actually belonging to the marble family. Calcite plus the lazuli, which caused the blue colour gave Lapis Lazuli. The seal bears the Queens name written in ancient Sumerian and is a very large seal.(50mm x 25mm - 2" x 1") The impression depicts a banqueting scene. The seal is resin cast.


$34.95AUD plus P&H

Seal and Bulla of Isaiah 


A seal impression has been found during the Ophel excavations in Jerusalem in the same strata as a group of seal impressions belonging to King Hezekiah.

The text of the seal reads "(Belonging) to Isaiah nvy". Because the seal impression is broken and a portion is missing one has to read into the missing letters.

It was excavated by the team of archaeologists Eilat Mazar who because of the Hezekiah context read the inscription as "Belonging to Isaiah the Prophet".


This set is a Seal and impression (Resin Casting recreation).


$39.95AUD plus P&H  

Seal of Isaiah the Prophet Set.


A seal impression has been found during the Ophel excavations in Jerusalem in the same strata as a group of seal impressions belonging to King Hezekiah.

The text of the seal reads "(Belonging) to Isaiah nvy". Because the seal impression is broken and a portion is missing one has to read into the missing letters.

It was excavated by the team of archaeologists Eilat Mazar who because of the Hezekiah context read the inscription as "Belonging to Isaiah the Prophet".


This is a set of two impressions (bullae) of the Isaiah Seal one actual size and one enlarged. Ideal for teaching purposes.


$42.95AUD plus P&H




Tel Dan Seal Set


This is a 3 part set centred around a seal impression found on pottery at Tel Dan in Northern Israel.

The seal was once the royal seal of the city of Dan and is dated to the 8th century.

3 part set = Pottery sherd with seal impression. Seal impression stamped into clay. 

A Seal from which you can make your own seal impression.


$64.95AUD plus P&H 


Cuneiform Tablet with Seal Impression from Ugarit


A cuneiform tablet dated 1325-1250BC written in Akkadian cuneiform with an impression of a cylinder seal belonging to Niqmepa, King of Ugarit (Ras Shamra - present day Syria). The tablet is a land grant and has text on the front and back of the tablet. (60 x 65 x 20mm). This set comes with both the clay tablet and seal reproduction plus a translation of the text.


$54.95AUD plus P&H

Great Seal of King John


This is a reproduction of the Great Seal of King John who signed the Magna Carta.


94mm diamater.


$24.95AUD plus P&H

Seal of Geoffrey Chaucer 1407


The father of English Literature.

27mm diamater.


$19.95AUD plus P&H

Great Seal of Brotherhood of Canterbury 

1380


A large wax seal of the Brotherhood of Canterbury dated to c1318. It includes the image of the murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170.


Resin Plaster Casting 70mm diameter.


$19.95AUD plus P&H


Seal of the City of Hamburg


A 14th century seal of the City of Hamburg. Resin plaster casting. 85mm diameter.


$19.95AUD plus P&H

PLEASE NOTE:

All our seals are replicas only. All are modelled in the style of original seals and in no way claim to be direct copies of original seals. They are made for educational purposes only to allow collectors, educators or students to experience what it was like to use a seal and to stimulate study into the history and development of seals in the ancient world.

Elamite Cylinder Seal (Replica)

In the style of an Elamite Seal.

resin cast replica. About 1200 B.C. An intense and intricately carved cylinder seal. This Hematite Cylinder seal in most probability is a referral to the Invasion of Babylon by the Elamites and the demise of the Kassite Dynasty in 1200 B.C. The seal might represent the last kassite ruler being taken away in a 2 horse drawn cart. In the sky the constellation Pleidades, a star, a sign of Victory. During the Elamite period some seals were even made of bitumen. Measures 1". 

$29.95AUD plus P&H

Neo Babylonian Cylinder Seal 

In the style of a Neo Babylonian Seal

Resin cast replica with presentation scene. About 626 - 539 BC. Finely carved in an elegant and restrained style with two men wearing domed cap with crested upturned brim, standing before an enthroned young king. The man in front is holding a lightning rod, symbol of Adad, the weather god. A vertical double guilloche pattern complimenting the scene. Measures 7/8 by 1/2".

$29.95AUD plus P&H

Philistine Cylinder Seal 

In the style of a Philistine Seal

Resin cast replica. Bronze Age. About 1600 - 800 B.C. Probably a mythological representation showing an enthroned dignitary, and a host of other symbols, including a Philistine warrior moving left. Measures 7/8".

$29.95AUD plus P&H

Mittanian Cylinder Seal 

In the style of a Mittanian Seal

Resin cast replica. About 1450 - 1300 B.C. A bearded deity, enthroned, wearing a long skirt with paired vertical and horizontal stripes and a domed crown with horns. The Moon God ISIN above. The deity is being approached by a male and female consort in litigation. A cob of corn is in the fore front of the deity. A star and a two horned serpent, representing chaos, trailing behind the female consort. A very scarce cylinder seal. Superbly caved with fine detail. Measures 1".

$29.95AUD plus P&H

Hittite Cylinder Seal

In the style of a Hittite Seal

Time of King Suppiluliamas. About 1380 - 1300 B.C. A religious referral cylinder seal, depicting two high ranking temple attendants, with a 'Tree of lite' between them and two crouching deer, heads turned backward. A fine horizontal double stranded guilloche above deer and a laurel stand beneath. Measures 1 1/4 x 5/8".

$29.95AUD plus P&H