Mesopotamian cylinder seal

Description
Cylinder seals were used like signatures to authenticate documents, or to secure containers. On this seal a horned animal is standing between a temple and a reed hut. Conical reed huts like this can still be seen in modern day Iraq.
Accession Loan No.
86/1966/S19
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Mesopotamian cylinder seal
Simple Name
seal
Full Name
cylinder seal
Dimensions
whole height 15 mm; whole diameter 12 mm
Cultural Group
Mesopotamia
Production Year Low
-3000
Production Year High
-2900
Family Group

Material
marble
Function Name
identifying/ trading/ protecting
Function Detail
for identification, to authenticate documents; to seal tablets and envelopes giving details of consignments of goods, agreements, identified ownership; to secure doors and containers; of decorative, amuletic value
Collector / Excavator
Corkill, N.L., Dr
Collection Town
Lagash (city state)
Collection Country
Iraq
Collection Area Region
Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Collection Continent
Asia

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