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LOT 1248

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group with Rarities

18th-10th century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, jasper (2), limestone (2), 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, which is put between upper and lower rulings, shows a frieze of four jumping horned animals, with a diagonal stroke under the front legs of each. This comes from Syria or Anatolia and dates to c.1600-1100 B.C. It is a rare type with attractive design. (R-415)'; 'seal of green stone. The design consists of abstract art, though one might think one can see a snake or quadruped in it. Mostly it is clear lines and shapes with no depictions among them. This is reported to have come from west central Asia, and others of the same stone and style of art are known. Most likely it dates to c.1400-1000 B.C. It is worn on one side. (R-872)'; 'seal of Hematite. The design shows for facing figures in two facing pairs: (i) the storm god in short clothes with one foot on a small animal holds up forked lightening in one hand and a weapon in the other. A figure in long robe clasping the hands faces him. In the other pair (ii) the two are holding up a standard between them. This is a Late Old Babylonian seal, c. 1700-1600 B.C., cut with drill and wheel. It is a rare type, but the surface is much worn. (T-983)'; 'seal of black stone. the design, which is put between double rulings above and below, shows a group of three standing figures: one on the left facing right to meet two on the right facing left. There are various fillings in the scene. This comes from north Syria or Anatolia and dates to c.1200-900 B.C. It is a rare type, but the surface is worn. (T-980)' 33 grams total, 19-29mm (3/4 - 1"). Fine condition. [4]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number R-415, R-872, T-980, T-983; 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.