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LOT 1335

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group with Kneeling Archer, Animals and Human Figures

3rd-1st millennium BC

A mixed group of four cylinder seals, terracotta (1), black jasper (2), limestone (1), each drilled vertically for suspension and 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: 'seal of yellow clay. The design is put beneath a top band of chevrons, and above a bottom band of diagonal strokes. The interpretation of the design is not easy, but there appears to be one standing man with arms raised, perhaps a second standing man, a sideways horned animal and other items. This is a rare seal from Syria/Anatolia, c. 1300-1000 B.C. It is in very good condition. (2902)'; 'seal of terracotta. The design, which is put between upper and lower rules, shows a rearing cobra, a tree, and a crescent with streamers on a pole. This is a seal from Mesopotamia or Syria, c. 900-600 B.C. It is very well preserved save for some harmless chipping of the edges. The design is boldly cut and stands out sharply. Seals of clay or faience were owned by the less wealthy members of ancient society and often served as amulets. (1911)'; 'seal of black stone. The design shows two friezes of a single quadruped in stylised form, walking, one along one edge, the other tete beche walking along the other edge. Between is a pattern of alternately a curving double line and a curving single line. This is a seal in the Sumerian Jemdet Nasr style, c. 3000 B.C., but it may have been made in western Iran as well as in Mesopotamia. I is worn, but the design is clear. (2002)'; 'seal of black stone. This seal shows an archer on one knee aiming at two rearing quadrupeds in front of him, the first one looking backwards, the second one looking forwards. This is a Neo-Assyrian seal, c. 900-750 B.C., from northern Mesopotamia. It is worn, but the design can still be made out. (2001)' 23 grams total, 25-41mm (1 - 1 1/2"). Fine condition. [4]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item numbers 1911, 2001, 2002, 2902; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by four copies of a typed and signed scholarly notes by the Professor.