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LOT 1564

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Western Asiatic Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal with Figures and Offering Tablet

10th-7th century BC

A black jasper 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: 'On the left sits a figure on a chair with tail back. He is wearing a long robe and holds a situla in one hand. Facing him is a standing figure in a slightly shorter robe holding up a fan. Between them is an offering tablet with an object resting on it. A tree forms a terminal. This is a seal from northern Mesopotamia or north Syria, c. 900-700 B.C. It is worn and one piece has been reattached, but the design can be made out. It is an interesting variant from a standard Assyrian type of design.' 7.6 grams, 34mm (1 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 1603; 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.