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Photo of cylinder-seal-representing-trees


Ancient Near and Middle East
Mesopotamia / Anatolia / Arabia

Private English collection


Object :
Nº 1743
Medium :
Dimensions :
Height: 2.2 cm ( ) - Diam: 1 cm

Bronze cylinder seal with a hole running through its center and engraved all around with a vegetal decoration seemingly composed of trees. The decorative motif is bordered by two lines on the upper and lower parts. Two trees of life are represented back to back with a straight trunk and slanted parallel branches. The trees are connected by a diagonal line.

The seal was an object of great importance in the societies linked to Mesopotamia. It may have had many uses, either as a signature stamped on administrative documents, as a piece of identity for common individuals or as a ritual offering. Worn as a talisman, it was part of a tiara or became a pendant attached to a string thanks to a central hole. Around the middle of the 2nd millennium, the use of the dynastic seal began to spread, to such an extent that using the seal of his predecessor was, for a king, equivalent to absorbing the former's “virtues”.

€ 1600.00 - £ 1427.52 - $ 1886.72 - C$ 2409.6

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