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Cylinder seal inscribed with a personal name

Some polish; continuous band of incised hieroglyphics; small hole through center lengthwise.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Early Dynastic period, 2960–2649 B.C.

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Medium or Technique

Black steatite


The Ancient World