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LOT 1361

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Patterns

31st-26th century BC

A cream 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 barrel-shaped, with a big hole down the middle. The design was a pattern of diagonal strokes: broad grooves with much narrower grooves each side. This comes from Syria, and dates to c. 3000-2600 B.C. It is a rare type of seal, but some of the surface is badly damaged.' 28 grams, 43mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number T-531; 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.