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Ancient cylinder seals collection

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3D model description

Cylinder seals, actual size. Meshes based on point clouds from here.

Can be used on clay, modeling clay, plasticine, play dough, etc.

For each of the seals in the collection, I include a mesh of the original seal, and meshes of two seals with increased relief (less realistic, but perhaps will look better when pressed into materials), and a mesh of a simulated unrolling of the seal.

The scripts used for generating these from the point clouds are in the seals and sripts folders here. Note also my modded version of nxedit to extract text point data from Nexus files (nxedit filename.nxs -x). Tools used include: MeshLab (for point cloud to stl conversion) with automation scripts, python scripts working on point clouds and meshes (unrolling point clouds and generating solid slabs from one-sided open meshes) and OpenSCAD (for automated labeling and rendering).

No supports needed, but there is a possibility that some stl files will need repairs before printing.

Copyright note: The original point clouds were licensed CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0/DE, but of course the original seal has been in the public domain for millennia, and I believe a mere 3D scan does not add copyright. But I am not a lawyer, and European law may be different, so I have put the CC-BY-NC-SA notice on this file just to avoid trouble. However, I am not myself claiming any copyright on any of the transformations I made of the point cloud, so if point clouds of ancient objects have no copyright, the files posted here have no copyright either.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • VA00243-relief2.stl
    • VA00243-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA00243.stl
    • VA00518-relief1.5.stl
    • VA00518-relief2.stl
    • VA00518-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA00518.stl
    • VA00542-relief1.5.stl
    • VA00542-relief2.stl
    • VA00542-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA00542.stl
    • VA00636-relief2.stl
    • VA00636-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA00636.stl
    • VA02031-relief1.5.stl
    • VA02031-relief2.stl
    • VA02031-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA02031.stl
    • VA02707-relief1.5.stl
    • VA02707-relief2.stl
    • VA02707-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA02707.stl
    • VA02819-relief1.5.stl
    • VA02819-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA02819.stl
    • VA02929-relief1.5.stl
    • VA02929-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA02929.stl
    • VA03330-relief1.5.stl
    • VA03330-relief2.stl
    • VA03330-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA03330.stl
    • VA03605-relief1.5.stl
    • VA03605-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA03605.stl
    • VA03878-relief1.5.stl
    • VA03878-relief2.stl
    • VA03878-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA03878.stl
    • VA04220-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA04244-relief1.5.stl
    • VA04244-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA04244.stl
    • VA04881-relief1.5.stl
    • VA04881-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA04881.stl
    • VA06936-relief2.stl
    • VA06936-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA06936.stl
    • VA10114-relief1.5.stl
    • VA10114-relief2.stl
    • VA10114-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA10114.stl
    • VA11040-relief1.5.stl
    • VA11040-relief2.stl
    • VA11040-relief3.stl
    • VA11040-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA11040.stl
    • VA12902-relief1.5.stl
    • VA12902-relief2.stl
    • VA12902-unroll-slab.stl
    • VA12902.stl

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  • Publication date: 2018/10/09 at 15:44





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I have the same question. I would love to be able to reference the original data for each seal. Please post here if you find anything out.

I'm having a difficult time referencing these with their original data on the Berlin Museum's repository (mostly the fault of the database, which isn't searchable). Specifically, I'm trying to 3D print seals from specific sites. Do you have any suggestions for more easily referencing the images you have here with their artifact page on the database?

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