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Lot of 2 Large Sassanian Stone Seal Beads

Lot 0078F
Near East, Sassanian Empire, ca. 500 CE. Two fine examples of some of the most iconic Sassanian artifacts, stone seal beads, both drilled for suspension. One is a near-translucent, yellow quartz, polished to be smooth, with one face incised with a motif of a bust of a figure wearing a large hat. The other is a creamy red stone, probably agate, that is also polished, with one face bearing an incised motif of an ibex running. Size: 0.8" W x 0.55" H (2 cm x 1.4 cm)

Seals bearing animal and other personal designs are one of the most enduring symbols of the Sassanian Empire, which was a prominent and influential kingdom that had great influence throughout the Old World after the fall of Rome.

Provenance: Ex-Private San Fransisco, CA collection

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Condition

Both have expected age wear, but motifs are very clear.

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$200.00

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Lot of 2 Large Sassanian Stone Seal Beads

Auction ended on Thu, Mar 2, 2017
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