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A group of 17 terracotta bullae, Roman, early - mid-3rd Century AD. An interesting group, all fired hard, probably from a fire in one of the eastern cities that was razed by the Sasanian king Shapur II. Each depicts a god, goddess, bust or animal which was the impression from a ring stone, the opposite side often carrying the grooves from a scroll, box or similar, burned away in the fire. Some of the seals date from earlier periods and probably came from an administrative building which houses sealed documents. Largest 2.3 x 2.3 cm. A neat study group and examples of Roman administrative tools. For a great reference regarding these bulla see Clay Impressions of Zeugma, prepared by Dr. Mehmet Onal for the Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep, Turkey, (Undated); Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York.


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A group of 17 terracotta bullae, Roman

Estimate $200 - $250Oct 22, 2017