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2700 BCE Early Dynastic. Abu Habba, Sippar Iraq. Aragonite cylinder seal; contest scene; in the centre -  a bearded nude male with 6 roundels around his head termed a "crested head-dress", holds a bull in each hand.

2700 BCE Early Dynastic. Abu Habba, Sippar Iraq. Aragonite cylinder seal; contest scene; in the centre - a bearded nude male with 6 roundels around his head termed a "crested head-dress", holds a bull in each hand.

Jasper cylinder seal, Sumeria 3000-4100 B.C., Louvre. Mesopotamian cylinder seals are small cylinders, generally made of stone and pierced through from end to end so that they could be worn on a string or pin. The surface of the cylinder was carved with a design, so that when rolled on clay the cylinder would leave a continuous impression of the design, reversed and in relief.

Jasper cylinder seal, Sumeria 3000-4100 B.C., Louvre. Mesopotamian cylinder seals are small cylinders, generally made of stone and pierced through from end to end so that they could be worn on a string or pin. The surface of the cylinder was carved with a design, so that when rolled on clay the cylinder would leave a continuous impression of the design, reversed and in relief.

A SYRIAN HAEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL   CIRCA MID 19TH-18TH CENTURY B.C.   Engraved with three rows of hares, with long necks and rounded bodies, the ears pointing out horizontally

A SYRIAN HAEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL CIRCA MID 19TH-18TH CENTURY B.C. Engraved with three rows of hares, with long necks and rounded bodies, the ears pointing out horizontally

Cylinder seal  Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian, Akkadian, 2334–2154 B.C.  Sumero-Akkadian  DIMENSIONS  Legacy dimension: .27 x .15 mm.

Cylinder seal Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian, Akkadian, 2334–2154 B.C. Sumero-Akkadian DIMENSIONS Legacy dimension: .27 x .15 mm.

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