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Seals and Sealing in Ancient Egypt

Sealing is an easy way to signal ownership on objects.In Egypt cylinder seals appeared first, later (First Intermediate Period) button seals/stamp seals become more common, although a very few stamp seals are found already in the Naqada period (Hartung: 1998: 206, note 30).

Seals and sealing from the beginning to the First Intermediate Period

the earliest seal
how seals are used
button seals


Seals and Scarabs in the Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC) and Second Intermediate Period

Men-kheper-re scarabs | Commemorative scarabs of Amenhotep III | Achaemenid Iranian seal impressions from Memphis


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