[Mesopotamian Signature Seal]

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Creation: -0599

This agate Mesopotamian signature seal of two lions attacking a deer was created about 600 B.C.E. It has a hole drilled through its length so that it could be worn on a string or pin. These types of seals are often engraved with a design so that when they were rolled out on clay they would leave a back-to-front impression of the design in relief. They were used as an administrative tool, a form of signature, as well as jewelry and as magical amulets.

Title

[Mesopotamian Signature Seal]

Date

Creation: -0599

Description

This agate Mesopotamian signature seal of two lions attacking a deer was created about 600 B.C.E. It has a hole drilled through its length so that it could be worn on a string or pin. These types of seals are often engraved with a design so that when they were rolled out on clay they would leave a back-to-front impression of the design in relief. They were used as an administrative tool, a form of signature, as well as jewelry and as magical amulets.

Rights

Copyright; licensed to Vanderbilt University

Format

Seals (artifacts)

Source

MSS0412, James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection

Files

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/20150417SG012.jpg

Citation

“[Mesopotamian Signature Seal],” Gallery, accessed September 22, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/933.