Seller: www-galleriadelvecchio-com (135) 0%, Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 181122758936 Ancient Egyptian Stamp Seal of Steatite Click on these links to view larger photos: 1-2 Seal stamp with coiled cord design Measurement: 1.3 diameter x .8 cm Material/colour: white steatite, no evidence of glaze Technique: stone carving, drilled for suspension; no decoration on obverse. Condition: a crack has developed but does not threaten the integrity of the piece. Two small chips from handle, one from base. Date: First Intermediate Period Provenance: Golden Chariot; original collection of Gustav Jecquier, reportedly from Sakkara. Identification and Interpretation: Such patterns were in popular use in Palestinian scarab design for hundreds of years, resulting in some difficulty in dating. Workmanship: particularly graceful scroll work. Function and Meaning: The origins and interpretation of the geometric designs are obscure. While they may have had a purely ornamental purpose, it is possible that they possessed magical significance which was the reason for their widespread appearance . . .” Daphna Ben-Tor, The Scarab: a Reflection of Ancient Egypt, 1989, p.31 Parallels: For stamp style, see John Sarr, The Gayer-Anderson Collection, p.62; for ‘knot’ patterns p.49-50. Custom listed using TROCADERO's automated HTML and Picture Hosting tools.