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LOT 1289

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Western Asiatic Akkadian Cylinder Seal with Hero Succouring Animal

24th-22nd century BC

A fawn 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 design shows a standing hero succouring a horned animal with each arm as a lion from the other side is attacking them. A nearly vertical stroke serves as a terminal. This is an Akkadian seal from Mesopotamia, east Syria or west Iran, dating to c. 2300-2200 B.C. It is in a simple style of engraving, and is in good condition.' 3.66 grams, 16mm (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-867; 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.