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Ancient Seal Sumerian Uruk Period

Ancient Seal Sumerian Uruk Period


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1064023

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Ancient Sumerian cream stone cylinder seal Jemdet Nasr Uruk period (3200-2900 BC) Early Dynastic Period.
CONDITION: chipped on the side.
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 12 mm x 7 mm.

Cylinder Seals: a recessed inscription was carved onto the cylinder, which produced a raised impression when rolled on a clay tablet or envelope, these types of cylinder seals were frequently used to protect vessels, clay envelopes and storeroom door latches from tampering, the also served as a guarantee of authenticity, marked ownership, and indicated participation in a legal transaction. Cylinder seals were usually made of hard-stone, other known examples are in bone, bronze, faience, glass, ivory wood, or even baked clay

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