Ancient Stone Seals:
Jemdet Nasr, Mesopotamia. 3200 - 2900 BC

Sumerian and Mesopotamian artifacts are quite rare, and prized on the collector market. Because of this, countless destructive archaeological atrocities have been committed, including the pillaging of museums and looting of archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. This destruction must stop, and I hope that all of those ill-gotten artifacts find their way back to where they belong. Every single item I offer for sale here has been painstakingly authenticated and the legal origin of their source determined. These come from old private collections, museum deaccessions, and auctions with proven legal ownership outside their country of origin prior to 1970 and the UNESCO treaty. Enjoy!

Sumeria. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3000 - 2800 BC. Great Jemdat Nasr red steatite stamp seal. Hemispheroid, the base with an ibex formed by drills, longitudinal hole for suspension. Dia: 1.66 cm. Light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (Acc #SS0901). Beautiful! #AP2453: $499

Sumeria, Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr Period, c. 3100 - 2900 BC. Great large Sumerian black and white marble stamp seal. The base with multiple drill dots, hole lengthwise for suspension. 32x32mm. Ex Time Machine Company, New York. Very nice! #AP2143: $499 SOLD

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Mesopotamia. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3200 - 2900 BC. A choice Jemdat Nasr pink marble cylinder seal depicting stylized seated figures, each with a star above their head, deep pellets between. L: 21mm; Dia: 23mm. Quite large, well-preserved and attractive!
Ex Rice Collection, Southern California. #AP2275: $750

Ancient Sumeria, Jemdet Nasr Period, c. 3100 - 2900 BC. Great marble cylinder-seal. Basic deeply-engraved design... when rolled out looks to represent two eyes! Very cool. Holed through lenthwise. H: 16mm (5/8"). ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2254: $525 SOLD

Sumeria. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3000 - 2700 BC. Large Sumerian creme marble stamp seal. Ovoid in shape with rounded top and longitudinal hole for suspension. The base is lightly convex and is incised with a Y-shape device with star-like devices around. 24.5mm x 20.5 mm. Light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #SS0905). #AP2454: $450 SOLD