Talk:Cylinder seal

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Pictures of seals[edit]

All the pictures in the article are only of the impresssions made by the seals. It would be useful if there was at least one picture of a seal itself. I have added an external link to a webpage with some pictures of seals. Andynormancx 11:42, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

I should have thanked you back in September. Not every one appreciates how the Cylinder seals were part of the "History of our Cultures", and of how communication of ideas lead to the advancements to evolve our languages. Thanks (from ArizonaUSA SonoranDesert.. --Mmcannis 07:34, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

One of the images is of a Mesoamerican sello, but no mention of Mesoamerican sellos is made in the article. If this article is specifically about Mesopotamian cylinder seals, this image is confusing to the reader. If the article is intended to be about cylinder seals in general, regardless of culture of origin, then it needs to be expanded accordingly. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:26, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

Removed unclear section[edit]

I removed the following section:

===Seal impression: a component of a liquid-offering receptacle===
The Metropolitan Museum of Art publication, Ancient Near Eastern Art, contains ten cylinder seals, (and some stone types), and their modern impressions. (One is in the "Picasso-esque style," and impossible to categorize, and it is also a shorter non-standard length cylinder.) A "ceremonial" ceramic 'Liquid-Offering Receptacle' is pictured (possibly Syrian), and, as an explanation for some of the "cult" object's themes —
  • It explains food and liquid offerings, ritually, (presumably daily).
  • It shows the "priest/priestess" class and dual roles of kingship and priest responsibilities: (by way of the Cylinder seal "story", but only 1/20th of the entire object presentation).
  • Iconography. The building roof-top, w/ the undefinable human figure is holding back two felines by the butt of the tails, (large Lion-headed, small bodies).
  • Iconography: A 'two-story' building, small (one room), circular ceiling timbers (3,4 per "story") in mud brick, and Roof-top: Human and lions, 2X-sized compared to the "building".
The 3.5 inch square by 12.5 inch clay 'Liquid-offering Receptacle' has an opening for the liquids, on the "roof" between the two lions. The liquid exits from the front through the door 'openings', front side) of each story. At the front of the "Two Lions", a 'panel' – (as a cornice, or a type of Lintel (archaeology)), runs the entire cylinder seal impression — in two halves. For the category of its Theme, the Cylinder seal impression approximates: "Procession, with Bearers Bringing Gifts to the God's Shrine". See the Metropolitan Museum ref., pg 23, (Object 22).

I really can't quite understand what this section is trying to say, and am unclear how it ties into the cylinder seal article. The first sentence mentions cylinder seals, but the rest of the section is apparently talking about the receptacle. Since this really sheds no light onto the article subject, I pulled the section.

Sincerely yours, Madman 03:44, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Size of the cylinders?[edit]

The article doesn't specify how large the seals are? one inch? two inches? seven inches? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:38, 16 October 2007 (UTC) i agree§-- (talk) 21:23, 10 October 2012

Fait enough - 1 inch would be typical - added. Johnbod (talk) 23:36, 10 October 2012 (UTC)