Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Seal Impression:
The Governor of the City

Provenance unknown
Iron Age II, 7th century BCE
L: 1.3; W: 1.1 cm
Extended loan from J. Chaim Kaufman, Antwerp
Accession number: 2010.30/1
In ancient times, when only a small minority could read and write, the seal impression was used as a mark of ownership and as a means of authenticating documents, similar to signatures today. Some of the seals and impressions displayed here 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