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Sumerian Cylinder Seal

“Seal were made from hard stone, glass, or ceramics such as Egyptian faience. Many varieties of material such as hematite, obsidian, steatite, amethyst and carnelian were used to make cylinder seals, but lapis lazuli was especially popular because of the beauty of the blue stone… The seals were needed as signatures, confirmation of receipts, or to mark clay tablets and building blocks… Cylinder seals identified ownership of property and tokens for recording commodities. They were used as administrative tool, jewelry and as magical amulets…” (Source)

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