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LOT 1523

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Conquered Kings

5th-4th century BC

A 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: 'In the middle of the design is a standard consisting of a pole on a small stand surmounted by a plant-bud motif. Each side is a rearing winged lion wearing a crown on its head. This is an Achaemenid seal, c. 450-350 B.C. It is in very good condition save that there is some incrustation on the surface, which could be removed, and one crown is retouched. The design is symbolic: conquered kings are represented by the lions with crowns.' 5.98 grams, 28mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 4034; 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.