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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group with Rarities

26th-7th century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, jasper (1), faience (1), bone, terracotta (1), drilled vertically for suspension; each is 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 black stone. The design shows a standing horned animal with wings, and a human-like figure standing behind is apparently pulling its tail. Spaces are filled with arrow-heads. This seal has a very rare design and is difficult for that reason to date and place with certainty. But most likely it is a Syrian or Anatolian seal, c.2500-2000 B.C. The seal is very worn. (T-219)'; 'Seal of terracotta. The design, which is put between upper and lower rulings, is composed of lines and dots, and is no doubt meant to represent certain items. However, it is difficult to interpret, though a standing man, a quadruped and an ostrich may be intended, among other items. This comes from Anatolia, Syria or Palestine, and dates to c.1300-1000 B.C. It is in fair condition. (T-977)'; 'Seal of bone. The design shows two standing figures in human form and a standing quadruped. The first human has one arm raised, the second has both arms raised. The quadruped, perhaps a horse, is turning its head backwards to look at the humans. This is a seal in a rare style from west central Asia, difficult to date with certainty, but most likely c.1200-600 B.C. There is some wear of the surface and one end may be broken but the design is quite clear. (R-25)'; 'Seal of faience with green glaze. The design, which is put between upper and lower rulings, consists of two rows of fish facing the same direction and between the rows a band of alternate circles and diagonal ovals. This is a Mitanni seal, from anywhere between the eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf, and dates to c.1400-1100 B.C. It is in very good condition. (R-734)' 15 grams total, 22-34mm (3/4 - 1 1/4"). Fine condition. [4]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number R-25, R-734, T-217, T-977; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by four copies of typed and signed scholarly notes by the Professor.