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LOT 1559

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Matchstick Men

21st-10th century BC

A 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: 'This is an old worn seal on which a new design was put in the ancient world. It shows a frieze of three walking matchstick men. This is done in a simples style and could come from anywhere between west central Asia and Anatolia. Its date is a little easier to state: second millennium B.C., c. 2000-1000 B.C. The new design is very well preserved, and this is a rare and interesting piece.' 5.6 grams, 26mm (1"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-109; 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.