cylinder seal


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

Examples of cylinder seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York Times reported that cylinder seals, clay tablets, and more arrived in wooden crates in Iraq this week. Alex Greenberger For Artnews, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 However, the museum's collection includes items like Mesopotamian cylinder seals from 3000-1000 BCE and a moveable type machine from Korea. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 28 Mar. 2023 The Sisters necklace is based on a motif from an ancient cylinder seal. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2023 In turn, Wengrow was impressed to meet an anthropologist who knew what a cylinder seal is. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 11 July 2022 This is evident in her Sisters collection, which features ancient femme sisters that the designer reimagined from an over 4,000-year-old Akkadian cylinder seal. Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, 24 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 3 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cylinder seal was in 1887

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“Cylinder seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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