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AN EARLY JEWISH BRONZE STAMP SEAL
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MICHAEL AND JUDY STEINHARDT
AN EARLY JEWISH BRONZE STAMP SEAL

LATE ROMAN TO BYZANTINE PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.

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AN EARLY JEWISH BRONZE STAMP SEAL
LATE ROMAN TO BYZANTINE PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
The rectangular device with Jewish symbols in raised relief, including a large seven-branched Menorah on a tripod base at the center, a shofar to the left, a lulav and shovel to the right; a ring handle on the reverse
2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) long
Provenance
with Artyeli, Jerusalem.
with Moriah, New York.
Acquired by the current owner, New York, prior to 1990.
Literature
C. Grossman, The Collector's Room: Selections from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection, New York, 1993, no. 104.
D.M. Friedenberg, "The Evolution and Uses of Jewish Byzantine Stamp Seals, in The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, vol. 52/53, 1994/1995, p. 11, no. 3.
Exhibited
New York, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1993.
New York, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2000.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-2013.

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According to Friedenberg, op. cit., unlike the Byzantine Christian counterparts, stamps such as the present example were likely used on the stoppers of wine amphorae rather than to stamp bread. This stamp finds close parallel in nos. 1 and 2 in Friedenberg, op. cit., and may be from the same mold as no. 2.

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