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Western Asiatic Late Kassite Cylinder Seal with Stylised Tree and Winged Animals

12th century BC

A white marble(?) cylinder seal, in the centre the image is the 'stylised' or 'sacred' tree, here represented as a stylised palmett tree with cone-shaped fruits, leaves and tendrils; its top is flanked by two rampant animals, a winged ibex on the left and a bull on the right, standing on a base line; between both are from top to bottom a solar disc, a multiple-rayed star and a fish; three recumbent mouflons are on either side below, turning their heads backward to right; the image is framed at top and bottom by a row of six deeply cross-hatched triangles, pointing with their tips outwards; these imitate the granulated triangles on gold caps of higher quality seals. 51.4 grams, 65mm (2 1/2"). Fine condition. Rare.

Property of a London gentleman; acquired by his father in the 1970s; thence by descent.

A very similar Kassite seal is today in the Ashmolean Museum, in Buchanan, B. Catalogue of Ancient Near Eastern Seals in the Ashmolean Museum, vol. I. Cylinder Seals, Oxford, 1966, no.563; also in: Orthmann, W. Der Alte Orient. PKG 14, Berlin, 1975, fig.269i, p.349f; for the motif of the stylised tree Black, S.J., Green, A. Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia, London, 1992, p.170b-171a.