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LOT 0186

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Western Asiatic Jemdet Nasr Type Cylinder Seal with Seated Women with Pigtails and Pots

31st-30th century BC

A large brown stone 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 seal shows a frieze of four seated women with pigtails, one raised on a small platform, the others on the ground. Each is holding a pot in her raised hands, and other pots appear below those. The pots vary in type: some have two handles, others a spout. This is a Jemdet Nasr seal from Sumer, c. 3000 B.C. It is engraved with drill and graver, and is in good condition.' 26 grams, 24mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 1506; 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.