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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £135

Western Asiatic Fossil Shell Cylinder Seal with Beer Drinkers

24th-22nd century BC

A cylinder seal of fossil shell, 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 facing seated drinkers. Each wears a flat cap and long flounced robe and is seated on a stool with crossing legs. Between them is a large pot, from which each is drinking through a straw. A crescent is put in the sky above the pot. A vertical line serves as a terminal. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C., from Mesopotamia or south-west Iran. It is in quite good condition. The drink is beer, and it was drunk through a straw to get the liquid without the dregs, since beer at this time was not strained at manufacture. ' 7.02 grams, 25mm (1"). Fine condition.

The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number T-303; 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.