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date: 29 May 2024

Seals, Cone or Pyramid, 

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Gary VikanGary Vikan

conventional terms for a seal that was a functional twin to the signet ring, with the intaglio sealing device cut into the bezel-like base of a small cone or pyramid, and with a tiny loop at the apex for suspension. Apparently without antecedent in Western Roman society, the cone seal represents instead an absorption and adaptation, in Byz. Anatolia, of a characteristically Persian ... ...

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