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cover: Cylinder Seal Glyptic Cylinder Seal Glyptic in Predynastic Egypt and Neighboring Regions
By Jane A. Hill
Excavations of Predynastic and Early Dynastic cemeteries in Abydos uncovered examples of cylinder seal impressions which depicted geometric symbols, rows of animals and single figures or objects, such as boats or birds. This study focuses on finds from each tomb complex in turn before these objects are placed in their cultural context, examining the significance of seals as magical objects, as works of art and as administrative tools. The volume goes on to consider comparative examples from Nubia and parallels in Mesopotamia where the use of seals was far more widespread during this period. Finally, the function of seals, what they were sealing and what this reveals about foreign trade are considered
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