On this page is a collection of Cylinder Seals from around the world. They have been photographed from different museum exhibits or private collections. Cylinder seals were used as a way of recording business contracts, surveys, rituals or other communications. They are a valuable insight into the practices of the past and appear like a form of ancient photograph. They are made of many different materials including Steatite, Hematite, Stone, Limestone, Cornelian. They encompass different cultures including Old Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian, Western Asiatic.

Ubaid (6500 - 3800 B.C)

Uruk (4000 - 3100 B.C)

Sumerian (4500 - 1900 B.C)

Akkadian (2334 - 2154 B.C)

Old Babylonian (2000 - 1600 B.C)

Ancient Egypt (3150 - 332 B.C)

Old Assyrian (2025 - 1375 B.C)

Middle Assyrian (1365 - 934 B.C)

Neo-Assyrian (911 - 609 B.C)

Assyria (609+ B.C)

Western Asiatic

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