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LOT 1479

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Western Asiatic Mesopotamian Terracotta Cylinder Seal with Linear Pattern

31st-20th century BC

A large terracotta 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 linear pattern between upper and lower rulings. This comes from the ancient Near East: Mesopotamia or a neighbouring country. It is not easy to date, though such seals have often been found in excavations, but c. 3000-2000 B.C., is the most likely period. Save for one chip the seal is in very good condition.' 12.2 grams, 36mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-889; 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.