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LOT 1391

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Western Asiatic Achaemenid Cylinder Seal with King and Monster

6th-4th century BC

A brown limestone cylinder seal, drilled vertically for suspension; accompanied by a museum-quality impression and a typed and signed scholarly note issued by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'The Achaemenid Persian king is shown in tunic and Persian 'trousers', with bow and other items on his shoulder, with both arms extended, the one gripping the horn of a composite monster: body of a lion, but wings and bearded human head. A palm tree serves as a terminal. This is an Achaemenid Persian seal, c. 500-350 B.C. There is a little incrustation on the design, but it is generally in good condition.' 4.12 grams, 18mm (3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number T-575; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by a copy of a typed and signed scholarly note by the Professor.