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Pre-Columbian Stamp Seals and Roller Seals Collection

Identifier: GC185

Scope and Contents

Consists of 147 clay stamp seals and roller or cylinder seals dating from the Pre-Columbian era and Post-Conquest until 1600 A.D., chiefly from Mesoamerica but possibly from other places in the Americas. These seals (sellos) include anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, floral, and geometric designs, and were probably used to decorate fabric and/or the human body. Some of the stamps contain remains of pigments.


  • Creation: Pre-Columbian era-1600 A.D

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.


147 boxes

7.0 linear feet

Language of Materials



The Pre-Columbian Stamp Seals and Roller Seals Collection consists of approximately 150 clay stamp seals, roller seals, and flat seals with handles.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gillett G. Griffin in 1966.

Existence and Location of Copies

A few digital images from the collection are available at:

Related Materials

Princeton University Library has three collections of Mesoamerican manuscripts: Garrett-Gates Mesoamerican Manuscripts Collection (C0744), Garrett Collection of Mesoamerican Manuscripts (C0744), and Princeton Collection of Mesoamerican Manuscripts (C0940). The Garrett-Gates and Garrett collections form part of the larger Robert Garrett Collection (C0744).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Teresa T. Basler and Charles E. Greene in 2004. Finding aid written by Teresa T. Basler and Charles E. Greene in 2004.

Pre-Columbian Stamp Seals and Roller Seals Collection, Pre-Columbian era - 1600 A.D.: Finding Aid
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-05-02T12:05:06.556-04:00: Run through PULFA 2.0 normalization routines.
  • 2012-10-17T12:32:54.154-04:00: Run through PULFA 2.0 normalization routines.

Repository Details

Part of the TAC_Metadata Repository