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SYMMETRIES IN IMAGES ON ANCIENT SEALS

Sparavigna, Dr. Amelia (2008) SYMMETRIES IN IMAGES ON ANCIENT SEALS. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the presence of symmetries in images engraved on ancient seals, in particular on stamp seals. Mainly used to secure the containers from tampering and for owner's identification, these objects appeared during the 5th millennium BC in Mesopotamia. Usually the seals were engraved with simple images, suitable to communicate an immediate information. Rotational symmetries are already displayed by the most ancient stamp seals, whose images reach a quasi-perfect symmetry in their small circular or ovoid spaces. Bilateral symmetries are quite common in Egyptian scarab seals.

Item Type:Other
Keywords:Symmetries. Ancint stamp seals. Egyptian art.
Subjects:Linguistics > Morphology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
ID Code:6275
Deposited By:Sparavigna, Dr. Amelia Carolina
Deposited On:23 Nov 2008 09:22
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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