Ancient Persian carved black hematite cylinder seal showing two warriors in a horse-drawn chariot, with another warrior behind. 500 BC
Cylinder Seals were created in the Near East around 3,000 B.C. They were carved from stones and the engravings on them, inverted, were always commemorative and administrative in nature. They were pressed into wet clay to leave an impression of their design. They were used to seal vessels, consign goods and usually placed on door latches of storerooms to ascertain whether the contents stored within had been tampered with or not. The hardened impression became a permanent record, a sign of ownership. The designs on the seals usually depict a narrative which is often religious or political in nature. Visit our website to see our entire collection.
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