Monday, April 27, 2015

Ancient Bactrian Wheel Shaped Copper Seal Authenticated and Published

This ancient Bactrian artifact from my personal collection is available for sale.  Contact me with questions or for invoice through the private message form at the top right of this page.


Ancient Bactrian Copper Seal Wheel Shaped, ca Four Thousand Years Old
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This ancient compartmented bronze seal from Bactria is in our collection which was visited by the archeologist who dug up a lot of Bactria and Margiana. This stamp seal is published in his work Myths of Ancient Bactria-Margiana on Its Seals and Amulets, pp. 154-155, plate 783.  

The work is by Dr. Viktor Sarianidi and contains a great number of the seals and amulets in our personal collection that was assembled before we knew Dr. Sarianidi or the Russian excavations that he led.  

This is his description of the published stamp seal: 

Seal. Copper. D - 4.1 cm. Whorl rosette with a circle in the center. 
I might add here that the seal has a bar that divides the central 'hub.' 


The view below shows the top or back part of the seal with the handle for the user.

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6 comments:

  1. very intriguing artifact. Sharing so more can see this wonderful ancient artifact!

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    1. Thank you, Gunilla. You are very kind.

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  2. What a beautiful ancient stamp. Just imagine the people who used it! Will share (:

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for sharing. It is too bad that their home in Afghanistan is being torn up again, no doubt. Bactria is located up where the Northern Alliance of the Afghans live and fight the Taliban.

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    1. It is quite amazing how so many thousands of these items were found long before the archeologists excavated the complex of the Bactria-Margiana culture. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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