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LOT 1272

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Abstract Quadrupeds

31st-30th century BC

A serpentine cylinder seal, pierced laterally on one discoid face for suspension; 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: 'The design is comprised of three abstractly rendered horned quadrupeds, two horizontal, one vertical. One seems to be winged. There is also a lunar crescent and a tree for a terminal. This is an Anatolian seal, c. 3000 B.C. It is drilled with two holes from the top, meeting below the surface to form a loop for a string for wearing. The design is deeply cut and in good condition.' 10.9 grams, 17mm (3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 3; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by a copy of a typed and signed scholarly note by the Professor.