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Discovering Ancient Oman

Stamp seal

The various faces of the seal (IMTO archive)

Salut, ST1, main ditch (US55)
Muscat, Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
Soft stone (chlorite); H 2.5, W 2.5, Th 0.5
Bronze Age: 2300-2000 BC
 
This stone square stamp seal is probably the best example of an Indus-inspired seal found so far in Oman. Seals with its characteristics became common in the Indus Valley during the last centuries of the 3rd millennium, a date that perfectly fits ST1 chronology. Although the scene is typically Harappan, and the script as well, a few details, currently under study, could suggest that it was made in Oman, possibly by an Indus craftsman or by a trained local carver. Moreover, the seal was carved in local chlorite, the same material of the widely diffused southeast Arabia stone vessels. (MdE)