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LOT 1583

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group with Rarity, Monsters, Quadrupeds and Sitters

22nd-8th century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, limestone (3), jasper (1), each 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 black stone. The design consists of a wavy hatched band with two items filling the triangular spaces so created. The one in the lower triangle is a standing quadruped, in the upper triangle is a quadruped, apparently prancing, and perhaps tête-bêche. This is a rare type of seal from Syria, c.2100-1900 B.C. Though the surface is worn, the design was deeply cut and is well preserved. (R-563)'; 'seal of green/black stone. This has a crude design of lines and dots perhaps showing two trees or standards and other items. This comes from Anatolia/Syria and is an old seal which was re-used c.1300-1000 B.C. with a new design put on the old stone. As such it is an interesting example of its kind. (T-535)'; 'Seal of black stone. The seal shows a monster pursuing another monster. The pursuer is a quadruped at the rear, but with wings and a human torso for an animal's head. This torso is an archer's, aiming his bow at the fleeing monster, which is a quadruped with wings and a bird's head. This is a Neo-Assyrian linear-style seal, c.900-750 B.C. It has an interesting design, but is worn. (R-122)'; 'Seal of dark-brown stone. The design shows a god or king seated on a chair with tall back arching over the sitter. He wears a long robe with bottom fringe and is holding up one hand. Behind him stands an attendant in similar robe also holding up one hand. In front of him is a table with two cloths spread over it and items resting on top. Beyond the table is a stand supporting a big jar. This is a seal from northern Mesopotamia, c.900-750 B.C. It is worn with a little secondary work, but the design is clear. It is a variant of the Neo-Assyrian linear seals. (R-910)' 29 grams total, 18-32mm (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 numbers R-122, R-563, R-910, T-535; 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.