The cylinder seals appear in Mesopotamia (Uruk period, 4100-3300 BC).
They were small cylinders of stone, glass or other materials, often semi-precious stones, with a carved relief, which making them roll on a clay tablet left recording the motives, as well as record of the contents of some containers or seal documents.
In other cases represented daily, religious and economic scenes.
The impression could be extended indefinitely, so that the result was a frieze, which gave it a decorative look.
The prints were evolving from own drawings of each merchant, until a code that ended up evolving cuneiform writing.
Here we present a replica of a seal is preserved in the British Museum.
Pink Chalcedony cylinder seal.
Mesopotamia. Kassite Dynasty, between 1400 and 1300 BCE
The seated figure is the sun-god Shamash, sitting in front of a sun disk and below a cross, the two symbols.
The seven-line cuneiform inscription is a prayer to Shamash.
You can find more information on the website of the British Museum.
Our reproduction is made of resin and presented together with a clay tablet, so you can print it for the times you want.
You can purchase one from our store