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Cylinder seal with human and animal figures
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.02490
  • Object nameCylinder seal
  • TitleCylinder seal with human and animal figures
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
  • Date-2650 / -2165 (uncertain)
  • PeriodOld Kingdom (Egypt)
  • MaterialBone (fossile) (Fossile)
    Ivory (Animal > Tooth > Mammal tooth)
  • DimensionsHeight: 4,4 cm, Width: 1,9 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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This cylinder seal, made from ivory, has engraved depictions of human figures in several poses as well as a group of animals: a baboon, predator, two crocodiles or lizards and a double-headed antelope or ibex. The dating is problematic since such seals appear from the early dynastic period up until the end of the Old Empire (6th dynasty). Exceptional, in any case, is the used material, since most seals were made from wood or soapstone.