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LOT 1493

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Western Asiatic Bronze Cylinder Seal with Goat-Fish and Fly

13th-9th century BC

A bronze cylinder seal, 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, which is deeply cut into the surface, consists of four parts. The largest is a fish-goat: goat at the front, tail of a fish, the smallest is perhaps a fly or a bird, and the item of middle size is not certainly identified. The item under the goat's head is also not identified. This is a rare type seal from Iran or west central Asia, dating to c. 1200-900 B.C. The seal is in very good condition, and the metal has been conserved.' 9.58 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 V-249; 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.