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cylinder seal

noun
1.
a small carved cylinder used especially by the ancient Mesopotamians to impress a design in wet clay.
Origin of cylinder seal
1885-1890
1885-90
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Historical Examples
  • The cylinder-seal was employed in Assyria from the earliest periods of her history, Fig. 72.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology Percy S. P. Handcock
  • There is apparently only one isolated occurrence of a camel on a cylinder-seal, and that belongs to the Persian period.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology Percy S. P. Handcock
  • No. 85-4-8, 1; it is shaped like a cylinder-seal, and is inscribed with an incantation for Shamash-Killni.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology Percy S. P. Handcock
Contemporary definitions for cylinder-seal
noun

a small barrel-shaped stone object engraved with a design, scene, or inscription which was impressed onto clay when the seal was rolled over tablet

Examples

People used cylinder seals to 'seal' ancient documents for about 3,000 years.

Usage Note

archaeology

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