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Cilt 1, Sayı 1  Ocak-Haziran 2012  (ISSN: 2147-4877, E-ISSN: 2459-0614)
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1356261026 A “PEGASUS ” DEPICTED URARTU STAMP SEAL FROM DIYARBAKIR MUSEUM

Seals have been used as a symbol of power, wealth and to have the power
to speak in different societies for a long time. Seal is a personality trait which takes
place of signature of today. The earliest seal samples appeared nearly 9.000 years ago
from present day and they were used in every age.
Seals were widely used in Eastern Anatolia between 9 and 7 century B.C. Urartu seals,
form seals, which have significant place in Anatolian seal development, take up an
important place in terms of the depictions on them and craft technique. “Pegasus”
depicted stamp seal from Diyarbakır Museum (Inv. No. 11.29.75) is important in Urartu
Seal making and remarkable. The seal is of 2.6 cm high and 1.5 cm base diameter.
In the middle of II thousand B.C., the Pegasus (winged horse) depictions, which we
come across in Mid Assyrian seals, were enthusiastically used in Urartu art which
continued its presence in later periods as well.