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Cylinder seals are a neglected topic at best of times. I've never seen a thread about them. So here are 5 reasons why I think these things should be much better known in media studies (and not just because they are very ancient and come mostly from #Mesopotamia). (1/5)
Quite indestructible, these tiny carved stones are our main source of knowledge for about 3000 years of image-making (c. 3500 - 500 BC), from the time of the world's first cities to the Persian Empire. But they also had many functions, and were not simply "art objects" (2/5)
Cylinder seals are among the earliest devices for mechanically reproducing complex images; done by rolling the seal onto a strip or block of clay to make raised figures and signs appear (modern impressions on display below). So, they stand at the beginning of print media (3/5)
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I'm starting a new thread on the naẓar amulet for protection against the Evil Eye. Now, the Evil Eye and the symbolism surrounding it is a widely acknowledged and historically relevant phenomenon across many cultures, so I'm just going to focus on the blue-eyed glass talismans.
Our journey starts in ancient #Mesopotamia, where 100s of votive figures were found in the excavation of the temple of Tell Brak. The most exclusive feature of these idols were their eyes. These amulets go back to 3300 BC and are the oldest eye amulets discovered.
The Evil Eye is a common term to refer to a specific curse being cast, intentional or unintentional, by the jealous looks of others towards the success of the one they envy. The ocular amulet is than in fact the charm meant to ward off the true Evil Eye.
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Shamash was the Akkadian name for the #Mesopotamian god of the sun, known to the Sumerians as Utu. His main symbol was the solar disc, a circle with four points in each of the cardinal directions and four wavy, diagonal lines emanating from the circle between each point.
According to "Gods, Demons, and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia" by Jeremy Black and Anthony Green, the Akkadian name for this #symbol was shamshatu. It was often represented on a pole as a standard. The symbol is currently a popular icon among people native to #Mesopotamia.
Chaldean Christians posing with their ethnic flag, a colored shamshatu flanked by 2 parallel blue bands. Though #Chaldean Catholics are mostly regarded ethnically and historically as a part of the #Assyrian continuity, some claim a Chaldean ethnic identity as a nation of its own.
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