SASANIAN DOME PENDANT IN GOLD

SASANIAN DOME SEAL (224-651 AD)
$3,100

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ORIGINAL SASANIAN DOME SEAL (224-651 AD) · We have set the 1500 year old Persian artifact in a 18k gold necklace, including a plaque with its print. Each ancient seal is original, each print is manually stamped.

This ancient piece of miniature art is shaped into a contemporary object of identity.

  • Original Sasanian dome seal in agate

  • 18k gold chain and plaque

  • Seal print stamped by hand

  • Chain length 60cm/24”

Antiquity
Sasanian dome seal

SASANIAN DOME SEAL (224-651 AD)

The Sasanian Empire was the last of the three great Persian empires that dominated Western Asia for more than a thousand years:

  • Achaemenid (Persian) Empire (550-330 BC)

  • Parthian Empire (247 BC - 224 AD)

  • Sasanian Empire (224-651 AD)

Personal seals became a mass medium during the Sasanian period, worn by all classes of society. They were used as tools for identity, symbols of personal belief, as well as decorative jewelry.

Sasanian seals are split into two distinct categories of shapes:

  • 70% hemispherical, ellipsoid and conoid stamps

  • 30% flattened ring-stones

The wide variety of stones and colours reflects the abundance of geological sources all over the Iranian plateau: carnelian, chalcedony, jasper, crystal rock,…

Seal depictions fall into three main groups:

  • Male portraits (bearded Persian men)

  • Single animals (lions, rams, antelopes, birds, scorpions)

  • Mythological creatures (griffins, human-headed winged bulls)

Sasanian seals come in a wide range of stones, featuring many different depictions. Here under you find a public reference in agate with a similar print, together with examples of the three main types of representation:

  • Mythological creatures (winged bull)

  • Male portraits (bearded Persian man)

  • Single animals (bird)

British museum, registration number: 1967,0220.202
British museum, registration number: 1967,0220.202
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.25
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.25
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.1
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.1
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.10
The Met museum, accession number: 62.66.10
  • K. Duistermaat, On the development of Sasanian seals and sealing practice

  • N. Ritter, Gemstones in pre-Islamic Persia: social and symbolic meanings of Sasanian seals

Acquired at an antiquities dealer in London, legally exported under the British and European legislation for export of cultural goods. Authenticity has been certified by C.M., member of the British Treasure Valuation Committee and Deputy Chairman of ADA (Antiquities Dealers Association).

This specific seal comes from the private collection of antiquities and jewelry dealer S.M., built up in London between 1970-2010.