Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Assyrian Clay Cylinder Seals

I was transfixed in the Assyrian section of the Louvre during my visit to Paris. The cases were filled with Cylinder Seal Roller Beads. The impressed and fired tiles were used as administrative tokens. Each roller bead was made with a durable carved medium and rolled onto faience day & fired. It was fascinating to see the intricately carved beads & the perfectly beautiful impression they made. Some were very Simple and others were  were heavily worked & must have been worn or displayed with panache. I particularly liked the beads with raised edges which made a nice framing line on the token.

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