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Late Iron Age Glass Scaraboid Seal - FJ.153b
Origin: Hebron
Circa: 900 BC to 500 BC
Dimensions: .875" (2.2cm) high x .625" (1.6cm) wide x .375" (1.0cm) depth
Collection: Biblical Antiquities
Medium: Glass

Location: United States
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In the ancient world, engraved gem seals served many functions. In addition to their decorative appeal as jewelry, intaglios could act as an individual's signature, placing his mark on property or documents, or as talismans to bring good luck and protect against illness and the evil eye. To hold such a seal in our hands today is to touch in an intimate way upon the life of the person who owned it long ago. We cannot help but wonder who that person was, what they thought, what mattered to them. This simple object sets the imagination upon an exciting journey of discovery. - (FJ.153b)


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