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LOT 1520

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £135

Western Asiatic Agate Cylinder Seal with Contest Scenes

Third Early Dynastic Period, 26th-24th century BC

A large agate 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: 'A contest scene of seven creatures, all on their hind legs, is shown, in two groups. The larger group is of five contestants: a bull with human face with body crossing that of a lion, which is biting the neck of a domestic horned animal as a female feline is also biting its head from the other side as a bull-man is pulling it off. The other group is a pair: of hero and domestic quadruped. This is a Sumerian seal of the Third Early Dynastic period, c. 2500-2400 B.C. It is a large seal with many figures on it, but it is worn. However, the design is clear enough to be understood.' 39.4 grams, 39mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-150; 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.
Footnotes
The agate is weathered white on its surface.