cylinder seal


Definition of cylinder seal

: a cylinder (as of stone) engraved in intaglio and used especially in ancient Mesopotamia to roll an impression on wet clay

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Recent Examples on the Web Near the body lay a cylinder seal that bore an inscription from which the archaeologists were able to identify the woman: Queen Puabi (in his notes, Woolley referred to her as Shubad because of a mistranslation). National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 Despite being warned by an expert on cultural property law that the tablets and cylinder seals were likely to have been looted from Iraqi archaeological sites, Hobby Lobby bought thousands of artifacts, Donoghue said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Antiquities forfeited by Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq," 3 May 2018 And there were 371 cylinder seals — small engraved stone cylinders that, when rolled on wet clay, create raised images that can include cuneiform writing or pictures. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Antiquities forfeited by Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq," 3 May 2018 The artifacts included cuneiform tablets, clay bullae, and cylinder seals. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Hobby Lobby Bought Thousands of Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts in 2010. Now It's Sending Them Back.," 2 May 2018 The locks were shut down on Jan. 15 and underwent several repairs while closed, including the replacement of gate anchors, miter blocks, quoin blocks and cylinder seals. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Soo Locks shipping season starts Sunday," 23 Mar. 2018 An impression of a cylinder seal, found in the Royal Cemetery at Ur, in modern day Iraq, shows long drinking straws. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "The War on Straws Is Coming to a Bar Near You," 19 Mar. 2018 Nearly 5,000 cylinder seals were stolen from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, officials estimated at the time. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Hobby Lobby to Return Ancient Artifacts Believed Stolen From Iraq," 6 July 2017 The items include 144 cylinder seals, used to roll decorative images onto clay, as well as clay bullae, which were used to create wax tokens to authenticate documents. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hobby Lobby Hands Over 5,500 Illegally Imported Artifacts," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of cylinder seal

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Cylinder seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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