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LOT 0189

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GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 330 - 440
USD ($) 390 - 520

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£270 (EUR 297; USD 350) (+bp*)

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Erotic Marriage Scene

16th-10th century BC

A large black serpentine 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: 'The design shows a man with arms raised and hands stretched out walking to the left. The other major item is also apparently human, but perhaps a woman (breasts indicated) also raising her hands and arms, but squatting. The remaining space is taken up with a ball-staff, a wheel, three snakes and a dot. This is an Anatolian seal, c. 1500-1000 B.C. It is a large specimen with a rare and interesting design, which is deeply cut. The edges have ruling around them and have been recessed. The seal is in good condition. The man is apparently in a state of erection, and the posture of the woman may indicate that this is a scene of sacred marriage.' 33.2 grams, 41mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 9001; 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.