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LOT 1531

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Western Asiatic Jemdet Nasr Type Cylinder Seal with Squatting Women in Temple Workshop

31st-30th century BC

A brown limestone 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 consists of a frieze of three squatting women with pigtails, raising their hands. They squat on mats and there are two pots with each two handles before each woman, the lower of the two being inverted. This is a Jemdet Nasr Sumerian seal, c. 3000 B.C., from Sumer itself or from a neighbouring area. It is in very good condition. It is thought that the scene depicts women working in temple workshops.' 12.3 grams, 19mm (3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-892; 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.