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Cylindrical seal

datation
2nd millenium BC
provenance
Ugarit
area
period
size
1.25 cm x 2.15 cm
materials
themes

Cylindrical seals were widely used in the Ancient Near East. They can be carved with images of daily life, religious rituals or mythological scenes. They can be made of any material, but stone is usually preferred. The cylindrical seal functioned by rolling the seal on soft clay tablets so that it imprints its signature scene in a continuous strip. It was often used as a signature on the cuneiform tablets.

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