Ancient Sumerian cream stone cylinder seal Jemdet Nasr Uruk period (3200-2900 BC) Early Dynastic Period. CONDITION: excellent. MEASUREMENTS: Diameter 16 mm by 11 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, wood, or even baked clay.
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