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LOT 1497

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Robed Figures and Crescent

23rd-19th century BC

A serpentine 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 two seated, facing figures in long robes. Each is extending one arm to a pole between them, above which is a lunar crescent. To the left are two standing figures, also in long robes. A globe serves as a terminal. This comes from Syria/Anatolia and dates to c. 2200-1900 B.C. It is a rare design, but the seal is worn, though the design has survived quite well.' 6.32 grams, 23mm (1"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number T-215; 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.