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LOT 1544

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Western Asiatic Faience Cylinder Seal with Human Heads

15th-12th century BC

A faience 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, which is put between upper and lower rulings, shows a standing horned animal with head turned backwards, and a row of three sideways human heads, the two items being separated by double zig-zag bands between rulings. This is a Mitanni seal, c. 1400-1200 B.C., from anywhere between the eastern Mediterranean coast and Luristan. It is an attractive design, and the seal is in good condition.' 2.1 grams, 27mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 5002; 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.