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How Akkadian cylinder seals served as ancient signatures

Apr 24, 2013 2 MINUTES
"It does seem to indicate the balancing of forces of nature."

Curator Yelena Rakic on Akkadian cylinder seals.

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Throughout 2013, The Met invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world.

Photography by Paul Lachenauer

Modern impression of the seal courtesy of Shawn Osborne

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