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LOT 0200

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Western Asiatic Graeco-Babylonian Cylinder Seal with Fighting Scene

4th century BC

A white agate cylinder seal with warrior on the right with a round cap with a wide brim and hair bun wears a knee-length skirt and an open top long coat with beaded bottom and double belt; his right hand grasps the left arm of his opponent, facing him, while he with a long sword in the left hand pierces his belly; his backwards inclined opponent wears a helmet with a horse's crest (?), a knee-length garment with a broad lower edge, and behind the back in the right hand a spear; between the figures are two stars in the shape of a cross, the others signs behind the fighters imitate cuneiform characters; both figures stand on a baseline. 5.8 grams, 24mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
From the private collection of a North West London lady; previously with a central London gallery; formerly acquired before 1990.

Literature
Cylinder seals from this late period are very rare, the battle scene as well, previously known only between gods on an Old Akkadian (c.2340-2200 BC) seal from the region of the Persian Gulf; see Keel-Leu H. and Teissier B., Die vorderasiatischen Rollsiegel der Sammlungen „Bibel+Orient“ der Universität Freiburg Schweiz, OBO 200, Freiburg (Schweiz), Göttingen, 2004, S.343-344 (text), p.470, fig.439.


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The May Fair Hotel London
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Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
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