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LOT 1454

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Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Standing Figures Holding Staffs

16th-10th century BC

A cream 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 main feature of the design are three standing figures, all in short clothes. Two face each other and one is holding a staff. The third also faces inwards. Two standards for a terminal. This comes from west central Asia and is difficult to date for lack of stratified examples. C. 1500-1000 B.C. is perhaps the most likely period.' 4.58 grams, 29mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number R-659; 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.