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Stamp seal

ca. 3rd–7th century A.D.
Iran or Mesopotamia
Meteoric iron
0.35 x 0.43 in. (0.89 x 1.09 cm)
Metalwork-Stamp Seals
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1886
Accession Number:
Not on view
Acquired by the Museum in 1886, purchased from the Reverend William Hayes Ward.
Ward, W.H. 1895. Seal Cylinders and Other Oriental Seals. MMA Handbook no. 12. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 46, no. 5.

von der Osten, H.H. 1931. “Ancient Seals from the Near East in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Art Bulletin 13, p. 237, fig. 70.

Brunner, Christopher J. 1978. Sasanian stamp seals in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 150, p. 33.
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