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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group with Rarities, Abstract Motifs and Heraldic Eagles

31st-22nd century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, serpentine (2), jasper (2) drilled vertically for suspension, each 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 red marble. This design consists of a pattern of strokes, both straight and curving making up an abstract pattern. This is enclosed within upper and lower rules. The seal is a Jemdet Nasr seal, from Sumer or south-west Iran. It is a fascinating design which avoids any of the concrete types such as horned animal, fish, etc., which are common in this period. It is in very fine condition, save for a strip of slight corrosion due to its having been in contact with some corrosive element in the ground. The seal dates to c.3000 B.C. (1900)'; 'Seal of black stone with white vein. The design, which is linear, consists of two matching bands, separated by a horizontal line. Each band consists of three eye shapes joining each other at the tips, with short strokes above and below the points of join. This is a Jemdet Nasr seal, from Mesopotamia, c.3000 B.C. The stone is a little pitted on one side, but generally this is in very good condition. (R-786)'; 'Seal of white stone. The design shows a frieze of two heraldic eagles, with heads sideways at the top, wings spread, talons stretched out below the wings, and spread tail feathers at the bottom. This is a large Akkadian seal with a rare design, but the surface is somewhat corroded and there is one gash on the sides. However, the design is clear. The seal dates to c.2300-2200 B.C. (U-663)'; 'Seal of green-black stone. The design is linear, with a double border ruling, and a pattern of V-shapes, both lines and hatched band, with two dots and the uppermost V. This dates to c.3000 B.C. and is in the Sumerian Jemdet Nasr tradition. However, such seals were also made through out Mesopotamia and in parts of Iran. Perhaps half of the complete seal is present, but that is in good state of preservation. (U-577)' 66 grams total, 24-39mm (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 1900, R-786, V-577, V-663; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by two original and two copies of typed and signed scholarly notes by the Professor.