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LOT 1434

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GBP (£) 150 - 200
EUR (€) 170 - 220
USD ($) 190 - 260

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Nude Hero Contest Scene

16th-5th century BC

A 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 standing nude hero grappling with a winged quadruped. With one hand he is gripping one of the front paws of the animal, and with the other hand he is holding up a weapon ready to strike. This is reported to have come from west central Asia, which is entirely probable. It is a rare type and not easy to date, but a period c. 1500-500 B.C. is likely to be fully correct. There is some wear on the surface of the seal, and some secondary cuts under the body of the animal.' 4.3 grams, 30mm (1 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-147; 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.