Types of seals from the predynastic
to the end of the First Intermediate Period
(about 3500 - 2000 BC)
The first seals were imported from Mesopotamia:
Cylinder seals were already in use in Naqada II.
In the First Dynasty seals with the dead sitting in front of a table came in use, they might have had some magical or ritual meaning, while most of the seals are used in the administration.
Cylinder seals used mainly in administration (see the table)
Cylinder seals of unknown use
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