A Phoenician Hematite Seal of a Recumbent Deer
Seals were used throughout the ancient Levant to identify the sender while ensuring the document’s security. This darkly colored Hematite seal comes from Phoenicia and contains the etching of a recumbent deer with accentuated horns and a tufted breast.
The deer is resting yet appears ready and aware, its mouth slightly open and its body poised for action, a fitting symbol of its ancient owner perhaps? One wonders of the messages this piece once sealed and to whom they were sent. This seal dates from approximately 500 BC – 300 BC and has been restored to excellent condition.