A rare 3,600-year-old ancient seal used by a Hittite king discovered inside a lotion container during anti-smuggling operations in 2015 has been displayed for the first time, reports said Sunday.
The invaluable bronze seal, which was allegedly used in correspondences between a Hittite king and his scribe, had been confiscated in 2015 by police in Turkey’s central Çorum province, as smugglers were trying to sell it to collaborators abroad.
It bears various figures and hieroglyphics and is the third seal of its kind.
One of the two other Hittite seals is reportedly in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the U.S., while the other one is displayed in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.
Çorum Museum Director Önder İpek told Ihlas News Agency that the judicial process regarding the seal is still ongoing. Read more.