Ancient Copper Seal Published by Bactria Margiana Archeologist

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Dated to around two thousand years B.C., the ancient Bactrian compartmented seal was collected in Afghanistan after being unearthed or found on the surface by an Afghan who then brought it to the city to sell or trade it for the necessities of life. We bought it from a collector friend of ours who had purchased it from the Afghan antiquities dealer. Then we met Dr. Victor Sarianidi, one of the chief archeologists and writers on Bronze Age Central Asia. Since he was especially interested in the Bactria-Margiana seals and amulets, he visited us and examined our collection. My husband gave him photos of much of our seal collection and those were published in Sarianidi's Myths of Ancient Bactria and Margiana on ... Seals and Amulets.

In order to make this copper or bronze seal, the copper smith created a mold with the design on the bottom or stamping surface and a large looped handle on the back or top surface. Since welding or soldering was not part of the technology available in those days, the looped handle had to be molded as an integral part of the stamp design. The site from which this was taken by the casual excavator or finder is dated to have been a thriving society from 2500 B.C. to 1600 B.C.

This is published on pages 122, 123 as illus. no. 475. Dr. Sarianidi describes it thus:
Seal, figurative, copper 6.0 x 5.6 cm
Cross with cross pieces at the ends of its beams and small circle in the center.


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Before 1800



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