Cylinder seals

Cylinder seals were small carved cylinders made of stone or metal.

Scenes of gods, animals and men were carved into the seal so when it was rolled on the clay, it would leave an impression. This would act like a signature.

Some cylinder seals also had cuneiform signs carved on them which recorded the name and title of the seal owner. Seals were rolled over clay tablets which were nearly dry.

This ancient cylinder seal has been rolled out onto modern modelling clay to show the impression.

How else were tablets signed?