04/29/2013 12:13 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2013

82nd & Fifth: SEALED by Yelena Rakic

Cylinder seals were carved in reverse to create a raised impression; their whole imagery was only revealed when rolled out onto a clay surface. The scene on this example depicts two pairs of evenly matched contestants. "It does seem to indicate the balancing of forces of nature," says curator Yelena Rakic.

Watch Museum technician Shawn Osborne use the cylinder seal to make a modern impression.

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