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Seal (?)

Seal (?)
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Registration Number(s)
BAAM Serial Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum Number 0872

Inv.Inventory
 (Coptic Museum) 1035

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showcase 23

Seal (?)

Category:
Seals / Stamps    
Date:
13th to 14th cent. CE
Provenance:
Unknown
Material(s):
Organic material, wood
Length:
50 cm
Hall:
Byzantine Antiquities, showcase 23


Description

Rectangular seal with a handle bearing Coptic letters engraved in low relief. The seal ends with a small ornament.

Rectangular seals

Rectangular seals are large stamp seals measuring between 40 cm and 60 cm they have heavy perforated handles. It appears that they were used to mark the closing of the doors of granaries or to imprint heaps of flour in order to prevent theft. The majority of these rectangular seals bears the names of the proprietors or perhaps of holy personages. Some bear invocations to God.


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

Bibliography
  • "Coptic Woodwork". In The Coptic Encyclopedia. Edited by Atiya, Aziz S. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991.
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