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LOT 0202

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Lions and Bulls Fighting

24th-20th century BC

A brown and black 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: 'The design consists of a lion standing on its hind legs and gripping the backs of two rearing bulls which face away from it. In the sky there is a linear device of triangular form. This comes from west central Asia and is in an extremely rare style and so difficult to date. Most probably it dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is finely engraved and in excellent state of preservation.' 9.79 grams, 25mm (1"). Fine condition. Extremely rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number R-437; 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.