Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Seal impression:
"(Belonging) to Yehozarah son of Hilqiyahyu servant of Hizqiyahu"

Provenance unknown
Iron Age II, late 8th–7th century BCE
L: 1.2; W: 0.9 cm
Gift of Dr. Norman P. Schenker, Munich
Accession number: 74.16.45
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

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