cylinder seal
noun Date: 1887 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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  • Cylinder seal — Mesopotamian limestone cylinder seal and impression worship of Shamash, (Louvre). A cylinder seal is a cylinder engraved with a picture story , used in ancient times to roll an impression onto a two dimensional surface, generally wet clay.… …   Wikipedia

  • cylinder seal — cyl′inder seal n. ara (esp. in ancient Mesopotamia) a small cylinder carved with the seal of a king or other authority and rolled upon a clay document as an official signature • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • cylinder seal — a small carved cylinder used esp. by the ancient Mesopotamians to impress a design in wet clay. [1885 90] * * * Small stone cylinder engraved in intaglio on its surface to leave impressions when rolled on wet clay. It first appeared с 3400–2900… …   Universalium

  • cylinder seal — noun : a cylinder of stone or other hard material engraved in intaglio upon the curved surface and used especially in ancient Mesopotamia to roll an identifying impression on wet clay (as in sealing a jar or writing tablet) …   Useful english dictionary

  • cylinder seal — noun Archaeology a small barrel shaped stone object bearing an incised design or cuneiform inscription, used as a seal in ancient Mesopotamia …   English new terms dictionary

  • Seal — may refer to:Legal* Seal (contract law), a legal formality for contracts and other instruments * Seal (device), an official stamp or symbol used as a means of authentication * Seal (Chinese), a stamp used in East Asia as a form of a signature *… …   Wikipedia

  • Cylinder — most commonly refers to: Cylinder (geometry), a three dimensional geometric shape Cylinder may also refer to: Contents 1 Science and technology 1.1 Information storage …   Wikipedia

  • Seal (emblem) — Present day impression of a Late Bronze Age seal …   Wikipedia

  • Seal (device) — A seal can mean a wax seal bearing an impressed figure, or an embossed figure in paper, with the purpose of authenticating a document, but the term can also mean any device for making such impressions or embossments, essentially being a mould… …   Wikipedia

  • seal — seal1 sealable, adj. /seel/, n. 1. an embossed emblem, figure, symbol, word, letter, etc., used as attestation or evidence of authenticity. 2. a stamp, medallion, ring, etc., engraved with such a device, for impressing paper, wax, lead, or the… …   Universalium

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