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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."


$29.95AUD plus P&H Cylinder Seal Only 

Seal Impression $9.95AUD.

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

Seal impression $9.95AUD.

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.

$29.95AUD 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.


$29.95AUD 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




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

Stamp Seals

Indus Valley Seal and Impressions

"Unicorn"

 This seal displays the mythical unicorn symbol created during the Harappan period in the Indus Valley c2100BC. The image on the seal is that of the unicorn before a presentation altar above it is inscribed a line of text. The text on these seals have not fully been deciphered due to the lack of comparative texts. The seal would have been made of soft steatite that would have been kiln fired after carving in order to harden it. This reproduction seal comes with the seal and it impression.

$32.00AUD plus P&H Quote INDUSSETUNICORN


This seal displays the mythical bull symbol created during the Harappan period in the Indus Valley c2100BC. The image on the seal is that of the bull before a presentation altar above it is inscribed a line of text. The text on these seals have not fully been deciphered due to the lack of comparative texts. The seal would have been made of soft steatite that would have been kiln fired after carving in order to harden it. This reproduction seal comes with the seal and it impression.

$29.95AUD plus P&H Quote INDUSSETBULL

 


Indus Valley Seal Set 1

 A pair of Indus Valley seal impressions discovered in the Ancient ruins of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. A 2 seal set mounted. (Impressions only).

$34.95AUD plus P&H Quote INDUSSET1ELEPHANT

 

Indus Valley Seal Set 2

$34.95AUD plus P&H Quote INDUSSET2RHINO

A 2 seal set (Impressions only).

 Indus Valley Seal Set3

$29.95AUD plus P&H Quote INDUSSET3UNICORN