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Bactrian Cross-Shaped Bronze Stamp Seal

Lot 0058
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Central Asia, Bactria-Margiana, ca. 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. A bronze cruciform stamp seal with a circle in the middle. The design is hollow, with a small, rounded handle on the obverse. This item would have been used to form a seal, dipped in wax. They are sometimes known as "compartmented" seals, and were cast both in geometric (like this one) and figural patterns; they are distinctive to this region. Size: 1.9" W x 1.9" H (4.8 cm x 4.8 cm)

Provenance: ex estate of John Piscopo. Mr. Piscopo was one of the largest collectors of ancient weapons in the USA with a collection that spanned all cultures, all ages.

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Slightly misshapen, with bright green patina

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Bactrian Cross-Shaped Bronze Stamp Seal

Estimate $225 - $400Jul 30, 2018