Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Stamp seal:
"(Belonging) to Yeho'ahaz son of the king"

Provenance unknown
Iron Age II, late 7th - early 6th century BCE
H: 2; W: 1.4; Th: 0.7 cm
Gift of Haim Bessin, Ottawa
Accession number: 71.66.360
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.

Hestrin, Ruth, Dayagi-Mendels, Michal, Inscribed Seals: First Temple Period, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1978/9
Hestrin, Ruth, Israeli, Yael, Meshorer, Yaakov, Eitan, Avraham, Inscriptions reveal: Documents from the time of the Bible, the Mishna and the Talmud, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1973, English / Hebrew

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