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LOT 1450

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal Group

31st-24th century BC

A mixed group of cylinder seals, jasper (2), limestone (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 reddish stone. The design is a frieze of chevrons between upper and lower rulings. This is a seal in the Sumerian, Jemdet Nasr tradition, c.3000 B.C., but it may have come from any part of Mesopotamia or south-west Iran. It is in good condition and a nice example of its kind. (W-81)'; 'Seal of black stone. The design is a linear pattern: a kind of ladder dividing the area and the remaining space filled with a kind of cross with horizontal line within it and v-shapes. This comes from Anatolia, Syria or Palestine and dates to c.3000 B.C. It is worn and one end is chipped, but the design is deeply cut and well preserved. (U-146)'; 'Seal of black stone with white band. The engraved sides are divided into three registers by two horizontal lines. In each register there is a frieze of four oval shapes, probably meant as fish. This is a Jemdet Nasr seal from Mesopotamia or south-west Iran, c.3000 B.C. The banded stone is unusual, and the seal is generally in good condition. Fish at this time were an important offering material in Sumerian religion. (K-17)'; 'Seal of dark-coloured stone. The design is divided into two registers notched band of lines in the middle. The upper register shows a walking lion, and in front of it a rearing quadruped with bird's head turned backwards, and another such creature behind the lion. A slender tree forms a terminal. The lower register shows a standing man or god in short kilt, next to him a composite creature, apparently half bird half man, then a rearing bull, and finally a big bird. This is a Syrian seal, c.2600-2400 B.C. It is worn and a little damaged, but the design is a very interesting one and can still be seen. (N-22)' 15 grams total, 14-36mm (1/2 - 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 number K-17, N-22, V-146, W-81; 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.