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Cylinder Seal Earrings

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Price: $35.00
Member Price: $31.50

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Description

Cylinder seals first came into use around 3500 B.C. in ancient Sumer (southern Mesopotamia). Because many cylinder seals survive from every period they serve as a visual chronicle of changing styles and iconography, and are important to the study of ancient Near Eastern art. Our spirited earrings are based on an ancient cylinder seal in the Museums collection (Jemdet Nasr period, ca. 31002900 B.C.).

18K gold overlay, antiqued, with carnelian beads. 2 1/4''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.

  • 18K gold overlay, antiqued, with carnelian beads
  • 2 1/4''L
  • Pierced, with gold-filled wires

Art History

Cylinder seals could serve as a kind of amulet and also as a mark of ownership or identification. Seals were either rolled out on clay masses used to close jars, doors, and baskets or onto inscribed clay tablets that might have recorded information such as commercial or legal transactions. They were often made of precious stones; both the material and the carved design were thought to have protective properties.

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Description

Cylinder seals first came into use around 3500 B.C. in ancient Sumer (southern Mesopotamia). Because many cylinder seals survive from every period they serve as a visual chronicle of changing styles and iconography, and are important to the study of ancient Near Eastern art. Our spirited earrings are based on an ancient cylinder seal in the Museums collection (Jemdet Nasr period, ca. 31002900 B.C.).

18K gold overlay, antiqued, with carnelian beads. 2 1/4''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.





  • 18K gold overlay, antiqued, with carnelian beads
  • 2 1/4''L
  • Pierced, with gold-filled wires




Art History

Cylinder seals could serve as a kind of amulet and also as a mark of ownership or identification. Seals were either rolled out on clay masses used to close jars, doors, and baskets or onto inscribed clay tablets that might have recorded information such as commercial or legal transactions. They were often made of precious stones; both the material and the carved design were thought to have protective properties.


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