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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group

14th-7th century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, serpentine (1), faience (1), 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 black stone. The design, which was put between upper and lower bands of chevrons, shows in the middle a winged solar disc above a stylised sacred tree, and to each side a worshipping divine figure of human form with wings. They are kneeling and extending one hand while holding out the other with palm cupped. A rosette serves as a terminal. This is a Neo-Assyrian seal, c.800-650 B.C., in the so-called linear style. Though worn and broken, the important parts of the design remain, and are clear. (U-145)'; 'seal of brown stone...showing a design between upper and lower bands of three lines. Two main figures compose the design. A complete animal, with a bird's body, legs and wings, but a scorpion's tail and human head, and a human-like figure on one knee with head turned backwards, one hand up one hand down. A lunar crescent and sundry shapes serve as fillers. This is a seal in the Neo-Assyrian tradition, but from North Syria or Anatolia, dating to c.900-700 B.C. It is in very good condition, though there is some incrustation on part of the surface, which could be removed with laboratory treatment. (7-B)'; 'Seal of faience. The main design consists of two standing figures and between them a stylised sacred tree. The minor design consists of two pairs of facing recumbent quadrupeds. This is a Mitanni seal, from somewhere between the eastern Mediterranean and Kurdistan, dating to c.1300-1100 B.C. The surface is corroded, but most of the design can be made out. (U-195)'; 'Seal of green stone. The design shows a standing figure in the middle, wearing a long robe with bottom fringe, and holding off with each arm a rearing lion(?) on each side. Below the body of each lion is a recumbent horned animal with head turned backwards. To each side of the head of the standing figure is a filling motif, perhaps a bird. A terminal is created by an heraldic eagle, with a double head, wings spread and talons extended to each side. This is a seal from Anatolia or Syria, c.1400-1200 B.C. It has a very full design, and is a rarity. The surfaces are worn, but the design is still clear. (L-11)' 22 grams total, 22-32mm (1 - 1 1/4"). Fine condition. [4]

The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item numbers 7-B, L-11, V-145, V-195; 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.