PAKISTAN, seals
    Allow me to demonstrate a lot of ignorance here.  There must be research and publication on these seals, but I have been unable to find it.  Maybe its in Russian or Urdu or Farsi.  They liked using seals in this zone from Indus times 5000 years ago.  Some of these are obvious, more or less.  The attributions of most of them, I'm sorry to say, are rankest guesswork, only slightly informed by things people tell me.  If you know better please go ahead and tell me, with citations if possible, and I'll cheerfully amend the descriptions.  Authenticity, on the other hand, is a different matter, and is guaranteed.

PS60) BAKTRIAN, c. 1000 BC, bronze seal ring, 20x10mm, pair of shrimp, from NWFP, ring bent, seal face nice F $65.00
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PS23) BAKTRIAN?, c. 1000-500 BC, bronze ring seal, 17mm i.d., horned ungulate crouching L, head turned back, crude F $45.00 sold
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PS24) BAKTRIAN?, c. 1000-500 BC, bronze ring seal, 18mm i.d., ibex running R in rectangle, thick ornamental bosses flank seal panel, cleaned F+ $145.00
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PS25) BAKTRIAN?, c. 1000-500 BC, "bead" type bronze seal, 8x8mm, 10mm tall, stag stg L, VF+ $110.00 sold
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PS26) BAKTRIAN?, c. 1000-500 BC, "bead" type bronze seal, 13x7mm, 10mm tall, stag standing L, its body actually looks leonine, VF+ $130.00 sold
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PS74) BAKTRIAN, c. 1000-500 BC, bronze seal ring, 25x14x19mm, an ibex runs R, from NWFP, VF $92.00 sold 7/6/2009
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PS70) BAKTRIAN, c. 1000-500 BC, bronze seal ring, 15x19mm face, maybe a stylized bust facing, from NWFP, F+ $68.00
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PS45) BAKTRIAN, c. 800-300 BC, bronze seal, 45x43mm, cruciform, rectangle in center, ring on back, unknown location in NWFP.  Supplier, a native of NWFP,  calls it Baktrian.  One can legitimately ask where's the patina if this is 2500 years old?  Patina, however, is not an absolute requirement on old bronze.  There are some aspects of the design that remind me of Chinese stuff, c. 500-800 AD or so, and this origin in a NWFP context would not be unique.  I am confident that it is not modern.  VF $75.00
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PSL1) BAKTRIAN, c. 1000-500 BC, bronze "seal," 59x41mm, a pierced work leaf on a squared loop, from NWFP, I have a slightly alternative theory of these things, which is that they were a kind of "lock" for a chest or box.  Note the "handle."  Imagine a piece of clay pressed into this, which sits on the box.  You have to produce this "key" to get the box from the "bank."  A different kind of "seal" then.  Just a thought. Slightly out of shape, hard dirt, needs cleaning, $185.00
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PS22) ACHEMENID?, c. 500-300 BC, bronze seal, "half ring" type, 25x12mm, bull standing R, slightly bent?, VF $75.00 sold
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PS38) GREEK, c. 300-100 BC, bronze seal, 16x13mm, boar R, 4 loops on back, from Barikot, VF $60.00 sold
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PS37) GREEK, c. 300-100 BC, base silver? seal, 10x11mm oval, Herakles standing with club, from Katlang, 2 rings on back are now missing, VF $30.00 sold
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PS18) GREEK, c. 300-100 BC, bronze ring seal, male & female face each other, 23x16mm overall, from the ruins of Bazera near Barikot, F $75.00 sold
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PS13) GREEK-SCYTHIAN?, c. 300 BC - 100 AD, stone seal of black jet, 10mm crenellated square, ram leaping R, loop on back, from Northwest Frontier, site unknown, perfect, $65.00 sold 7/22/07
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PS2) GREEK-GANDHARA, c. 300 BC-300 AD, 14x11mm carnelian carved seal, boar charging R, probably Greek, small chip on back, face perfect, XF $110.00 sold
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PS32) GREEK, c. 300-100 BC, 16x13mm bronze seal, 4 loops on back, finely carved winged figure, naked but for helmet, holding a wreath, advancing R, VF $180.00 sold 3/5/2012
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PS48) GREEK, c. 300-100 BC, bronze seal, 14x11mm oval,  lion standing R, 2 rings on back, Northwest Frontier Province, F $32.00 sold
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PS33) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 300 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 12mm square, lion L, VF+ $150.00 sold
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PS34) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 300 BC - 50 AD, 15x12mm bronze seal, lion L, 3 loops broken, VG $35.00 sold
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PS51) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200-1 BC, bronze seal, 17x14mm oval, 4 loops on back, lion R, head L, F $70.00 sold
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PS20) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 300 BC - 50 AD, a baked clay seal, 42mm dia., 30mm tall, 30mm circular face has a beautifully carved charioteer driving a biga R, legend in "cursive Greek" in exergue probably reads Vissi or something like that if its not barbarous gobbledygook.  A client reminds me that this theme is ubiquitous on Roman Republican denarii, and I feel comfortable with the idea of such a coin dropped off on the Silk Road as a model.  A Syracusan tetradrachm seems a bit far fetched.  From Northwest Frontier, exact site unknown. VF $180.00 sold
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PS28) GREEK-SCYTHIAN?, c. 300-100 BC, 13x11mm bronze seal, 2 loops on back, crudely engraved Pegasos R, bit of corrosion, VG $45.00 sold
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GREEK-SCYTHIAN?, c. 300-100 BC, bronze seal, 13x14 inverted teardrop shape, quadruped walking R, from NWFP, VG $36.00
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PS52) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 250 BC - 100 AD, bronze seal, crudely carved lion R, flat handle with hole at end, ~35mm dia., 18mm handle, from Buner, F $40.00
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PS78) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 100 AD, bronze seal, 14x17mm oval with 4 loops on back, Nike standing L, from NWFP, 1 loop broken, G $15.00 sold
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PS30) SCYTHIAN?, c. 100 BC-100 AD, 13x14mm bronze seal, 1 loop on back, lion L, (or maybe its Shahi?), fair $15.00
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PS55) GREEK, etc., c. 300 BC - 100 AD, pair of bronze seals, low grade, $16.00
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PS62) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 13mm square, 4 loops on back, lion L, from NWFP, VF $63.00 sold
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PS63) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 13mm square, 4 loops on back, lion L, from NWFP, 1 loop broken, G $15.00
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PS64) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 12x16mm oval, 4 loops on back,  nude male 1/2 R, maybe Apollo, from NWFP, VG $35.00 sold 12/8/2011
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PS65) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 11x13mm oval, 2 loops back,  draped female L, maybe she's holding a cornucopia, from NWFP, 1 loop broken, G $15.00 sold 8/4/2010
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PS66) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 17mm round, 1 loop on back, lion L, crescent before, maybe the Kharoshti Ma, from NWFP, F $45.00 sold 10/21/2014
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PS68) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 17x14mm oval, 4 loops on back, lion L, from NWFP, VG $35.00 sold 10/21/2014
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PS62) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 17mm round, 1 loop on back,  griffin R, from NWFP, F+ $45.00
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PS62) GREEK-SCYTHIAN, c. 200 BC - 50 AD, bronze seal, 14x18mm oval, 4 loops on back, probably Herakles with cloak & club, from NWFP, F $45.00
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PS39) GREEK-KUSHAN, c. 300 BC-300 AD, bronze seal, 12x13mm rectangular, Nike with palm & wreath R, 4 loops on back, from Kota, Swat, VF $60.00 sold 7/22/2007
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PSIM2) SCYTHIAN?, c. 100 BC - 100 AD, clay seal impression, 14mm round on ball, baked, wolf R, E-Tha-Pra-Ra-Sa? in Kharosthi, from NWFP, VF $135.00 sold 7/6/2009
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PS49) SCYTHIAN-KUSHAN, c. 100 BC-150 AD, bronze seal ring, 15mm i.d. with 13x14mm oval face, Herakles facing in wreath, crust spot, F $45.00
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PS27) PARTHIANOID, c. 200 BC-200 AD, "bead" type bronze seal, 10mm round face, 12mm tall, crudely drawn Parthian style head R, VG $75.00 sold
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PS31) INDO-PARTHIAN?, c. 10-80 AD, bronze seal, 14x15mm rectangular, 1 loop on back, 2 figures in Persian dress(?), something on pole between, aG $30.00 sold
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PS19) SASANIAN?, c. 250-400 AD, green stone seal, 21x9mm, holed semicircular body 18mm tall, very nicely carved recumbent humped bull L, minor chipping on body, face is not affected, $125.00
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PS16) SASANIAN?, c. 250-400 AD, dark brown stone seal, 28x18mm, holed semicircular body 20mm tall, rather schematic peacock with folded tail L, intact, worn $65.00
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PS59) SASANIAN?, c. 200 AD, bronze seal bead, 10x6x6mm square prism, designs on each face are all stick figure guys with weapons, one kind of looks like Piglet, from NWFP, bit of green, F $45.00 sold 10/19/2007
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PS5) KUSHAN?, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 9mm square, 11mm tall, 2 wheat ears, from Swat, Northwest Frontier, VF $44.00
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PS16) KUSHAN, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 25mm lotus flower, 24mm shaft, ring end, from Chakdara, NWF, VF $48.00 sold
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PS72) KUSHAN, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 9mm square face, truncated pyramid topped by holed handle, bull's head facing in dotted square, from NWFP, F $43.00
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PS73) KUSHAN, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 5mm square face, truncated pyramid topped by holed handle, a crowing rooster?, from NWFP, VG $25.00 sold
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PS15a) KUSHAN?, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 23mm wide, eagle head? on rectangle, G $18.00
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PS29) KUSHAN?, c. 100-400 AD, 13mm bronze seal, 2 loops on back, 8-petalled flower, one loop broken, VF $35.00 sold
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PS47) KUSHAN?, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 21x10mm, recumbent bull R, blank back, NWF, some crust, F $40.00
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PS80) KUSHAN?, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal, 16x14mm rectangular, 4 loops on back, 2 ducks R, from NWFP, VF $75.00
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PS79) KUSHAN-KIDARITE?, c. 100-400 AD, bronze seal ring, 15x21mm face, 21mm dia., stick figure stg R with sword, shield & spear, from NWFP, cracked ring, light chipping, VG $25.00
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PS20) KUSHAN-SHAHI or later, c. 100-1000 AD+, bronze seal, 23mm round, ring on back, with a passage from the Ramayana in Brahmi, a type that I've seen more than once, F $70.00 sold
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PS25) UNKNOWN PERIOD (I suspect perhaps 7-12th c. AD, but could be 1000 BC), 12x13mm bronze seal, bird walking R, large ring missing from back, VF $33.00
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PS36) HEPHTHALITE, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 22x18mm rectangular, symbols or unread inscription, from Rustam, Mardan, (cave), ring missing from back, smooth surface, VF $200.00
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PS61) HEPHTHALITE, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 18x12mm, loop on back, 3 letter inscription, I won't attempt to translate, from NWFP, VF $150.00
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PS71) HEPHTHALITE, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 24x17mm, 3-letter inscription that might read Kha-Mu-Ha in Brahmi, from NWFP, F $175.00
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PS80a) HEPHTHALITE?, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 19x16mm rectangular, 2 birds face each other, from NWFP, probably there used to be a ring on the back, VF $85.00
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PS81) HEPHTHALITE, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 20mm square, swastica pointing clockwise, from NWFP, a ring was broken off the back, VF $225.00
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PS82) HEPHTHALITE, c. 400-700 AD, bronze seal, 12mm dia. round with 2 loops on back, a bungled swastica!, from NWFP, one loop bent, XF $175.00
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PS14) SHAHI?, c. 750-1000 AD, bronze seal, 18x15x4mm rectangular plaque on which a lion roaring R in a linear frame, from NWF, comes with a bronze loop that was glued to the back, aVF $28.00 sold
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PS43) KUSHAN-SHAHI or later, c. 100-1000 AD+, bronze seal, 25mm, round, thin, with passage from the Ramayana in Brahmi, from NWFP, 25mm, ring missing from back, VF $45.00 sold
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P7) ISLAMIC, 26mm copper-nickel button seal, "MUHAMMAD 'AAS 1316" in toughra, (1898), VF $15.00 sold
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273-1. AFGHANISTAN, signet ring, carved carnelian in base metal setting, face is 19x15mm, ring is US size 6.5 (18mm), engraved: 'ALI MUHAMMAD WALID GUL MUHAMMAD 1222 (1807), aVF $85.00 sold 7/26/2012
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