CYLINDER SEALS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF IZIKO MUSEUMS OF SOUTH AFRICA IN CAPE TOWN AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ANCIENT STUDIES OF STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

R M van Dijk-Coombes

Abstract


This paper studies the cylinder seals in the collections of Iziko
Museums of South Africa in Cape Town and the Department of
Ancient Studies of Stellenbosch University. The individual seals are
described and there is an iconographic analysis of the scenes and
motifs depicted on each seal, with comparisons to other artefacts.
These seals date from the Early Dynastic period until the Persian
period (ca. 3100-332 BC) and represent motifs such as deities,
mythological beings and the ‘master of animals’, and scenes such as
the contest scene and presentation scene.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7445/61-1-962

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