12 December 2002
AN EARLY JEWISH BRONZE STAMP SEAL
Byzantine Period, Circa 6th-7th Century A.D.
The rectangular seal inscribed in Hebrew reading, "L'Pesach," with a ring handle at the back
2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) wide
Moriah Galleries, New York, circa 1970
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Friedenberg, "The Evolution and Uses of Jewish Byzantine Stamp Seals" in The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, vol. 52/53. 1994/1995, fig. 9.
In the above article, the author/collector suggests that this seal was likely used on the stopper of an amphora rather than as a bread stamp. He concludes, therefore, that it was used to designate and seal amphorae holding Passover wine.
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