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

Examples of cylinder seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The artifacts included cuneiform tablets, clay bullae, and cylinder seals. Natasha Bach, Fortune, 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, 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, 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, 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of cylinder seal

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 21 Jan. 2022.

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