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LOT 1368

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Hero and Lion

29th-24th century BC

A cylinder seal of black limestone, 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 lion whose body crosses that of a fallen horned animal while a standing hero in long robe holds one horn of the animal and grips a weapon in the other. A scorpion, an axe and another item are fillers. This is a Syrian seal, c. 2800-2400 B.C. It is deeply and finely cut and despite wear the design remains clear. It is similar to one in the Ashmolean Museum, but superior in quality.' 6.4 grams, 29mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number T-319; 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.