Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Seal impression:
"(Belonging) to Natan who is over the House"

Provenance unknown
Iron Age II, late 7th – early 6th century BCE
Clay
Gift of the Reuben and Edith Hecht Trust, Haifa
Accession number: 76.22.2300
 
 
In ancient times, when only a small minority could read and write, seal impressions such as this one were used as a mark of ownership and as a means of authenticating documents, similar to signatures today. Some of these seals and impressions bear titles or names of officials mentioned in the Bible.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir