HIGHLY IMPORTANT MASSIVE SEAL RING, ARCHAEMENID EMPIRE, CA. 7TH.-5TH. CENTURY BC. Very impressive huge seal in solid silver, made in the Neo-Assyrian-Archaemenid period, 7th.-5th. century BC. This silver seal is engraved with two Ibexes on either side of the Tree of Life, above them them three sun symbols and decorated at the finials with leaf-shaped patterns.
The ring was likely intended either not to wear or to wear as a thumb-ring for archery, hence the enormous size. It's main purpose was surely to function as a seal for the owner, the engravings are thus very deep and the roll-out, like the roll-outs of contemporary Cylinder seals of the period.
The Iconography and simplicity, typical of the late Neo-Assyrian - early Archaemenid periods, though the use of silver and the design of the ring points to Archaemenid rather than Neo-Assyrian.
An extremely rare seal ring worthy of the best of collections of ancient seals.
Size: The ring itself, 34 mm. high and 28 mm. wide. Inner-diameter is ca. 28-29 mm.
Weight: 29,72 grams - a massive piece and silver itself worth a small fortune in antiquity.
Condition: Choice and uncleaned, spots with cuprite and iron oxidation, very sharp and of fine metal. Ex. Important Danish Private Collection, bought in the Ancient Near East in the 1950s-1960s.