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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 373

    A HEBREW ORANGE LIMESTONE SCARABOID

    CIRCA 7TH-EARLY 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A HEBREW ORANGE LIMESTONE SCARABOID
    CIRCA 7TH-EARLY 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    The flat underside inscribed with two lines of Hebrew divided into two registers by a double line, reading, "Belonging to Qelyahû, (the son of) Dûmla'el," enclosed within a line border
    ½ in. (1.3 cm.) wide


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    The form of this seal and the inscription with name and patronymic of the owner is characteristic of West Semitic stamp seals. The seals were used by their owners to sign documents, and attest to the widespread literacy among the Israelite population, in what Avigad (Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Seals, p. 21) calls "an increasingly bureaucratic economic system" in the 9th-5th centuries B.C.

    Provenance

    Collection of Abraham Terzibashian, acquired in Israel, prior to 1968.


    Literature

    S. Horn, "An Inscribed Seal from Jordan," in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, no. 189, February 1968, p. 41-43.
    N. Avigad, Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Seals, 1997, no. 342, p. 149.