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LOT 1511

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Archer

10th-8th century BC

A brown limestone cylinder seal, drilled vertically 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: 'A standing archer in short kilt is aiming his bow at a composite monster: body of a bull or lion, wings, and human head. There is a crescent in the sky, also a depiction of the sun, and a tall plant or tree forms the terminal. A space in the design is filled with a human bearded head, and a wedge. This is a Neo-Assyrian seal, c. 900-750 B.C., and comes from northern Mesopotamia. It is worn, but the design is clear.' 5.57 grams, 31mm (1 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 50; 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.