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LOT 1553

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Goat

31st-30th century BC

A green and black jasper 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: 'The design shows a running goat, with long thin beard, horns extending over the whole back of the animal and notched along their whole length, and with a small quadruped depicted between the legs of the main motif. A tree or bush forms a terminal. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 3000 B.C., being related to the Jemdet Nasr style of Sumer and south-west Iran. It is a great rarity and in fine condition. The engraving is very deep.' 10.7 grams, 27mm (1"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number R-791; 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.