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Cylinder Seal Depicting Goats and Temple Façade

Cylinder Seal Depicting Goats and Temple Façade

This cylinder seal was carved with a design that shows two gazelles and the façade of a building that was probably a temple. Cylinder seals were invented around 3500 BCE and were used by officials to seal packages and storerooms. They were carved with designs distinctive to each official.

Scenes including temple façades are relatively common in the late Uruk and Jemdet Nasr periods (3300-2900 BCE), which shows the importance of temples as economic institutions in early Mesopotamia.

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