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Why Cylinder Seals? Engraved Cylindrical Seal Stones of the Ancient Near East, Fourth to First Millennium B.C.

Edith Porada
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 75, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 563-582
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3045984
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3045984
Page Count: 20
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Why Cylinder Seals? Engraved Cylindrical Seal Stones of the Ancient Near East, Fourth to First Millennium B.C.
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Abstract

The engravings of cylinder seals reflect much of the material culture and the world of thought of the ancient Near East, chiefly Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and Iran. The type of object was made from about 3500 B.C. to the 5th century B.C., and from period to period changes occurred in the style and iconography of the seal designs. This article interprets some of the changes as revealing the differences in meaning that seals had for their wearers.

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