A small barrel-shaped stone object with a hole down the centre and bearing an incised design or cuneiform inscription, originally for rolling on clay when soft to indicate ownership or authenticate a document, used chiefly in Mesopotamia from the late 4th to the 1st millennium bc.
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- Despite the disaster in the museum, virtually all 80,000 of the institution's cuneiform tablets appear to be safe, as do most of the precious Mesopotamian cylinder seals.
- The earliest known gems are cylinder seals made in Babylon about 4000 BC.
- More than 50 museums from countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East contributed nearly 400 rare works of art including sculpture, jewelry, vessels, weapons, inlays, cylinder seals and tablets.
Definition of cylinder seal in:
- The US English dictionary