5 December 2012
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF GEORGE S. BLUMENTHAL
TWO BYZANTINE BRONZE BREAD STAMPS
CIRCA 4TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
One rectangular in form, with a Greek inscription in relief: \KALAF\k, likely an abbreviation of the name Alafos, with a ring handle at the back; and one in the form of a silhouette of a shoe, with the Greek inscription in relief, EICTHEOC, on the underside, reading: "One God"
Shoe-shaped: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) long (2)
Portobello Road, London, mid 1990s.
with Lennox Gallery, London, 2006.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 7 December 2006, lot 158.
Daniel M. Friedenberg, Connecticut, 1970s-1990s.
Daniel M. Friedenberg; Christie's, New York, 12 December 2002, lot 172.
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Shoe-shaped: D. Friedenberg, "The Evolution and Uses of Jewish Byzantine Stamp Seals" in The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, vol. 52/53, 1994/1995, fig. 10.
For a similar shoe-shaped stamp see no. 172 in Wamser and Zahlhass, eds., Rom und Byzanz, Archäologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern.
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