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Seal/Stamp
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[German Version]

I. Archaeology

Seals are attested in the ancient Near East since the pre-pottery Neolithic (c. 7000 bce), initially in the form of simple round or oval disks or theriomorphic stamps. Beginning in the late 4th millennium (Susa, Uruk), we also find cylinder seals (Good Shepherd: I, fig.). The latter were in use until the end of the first millennium bce, but they are also found in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean region. In cultures where papyrus or leather was the commonest writing mater…

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Uehlinger, Christoph and Köpf, Ulrich, “Seal/Stamp”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024855>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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