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LOT 1567

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Western Asiatic Mitanni Cylinder Seal with figures, animal heads and Storks

15th-12th century BC

A cream frit 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, which is put between upper and lower rules, shows as its main feature two standing, facing figures. The one on the left in long fringed robe holding down a scimitar, the one on the right similarly clad but holding the hands at the waist. Between them are two animal heads. A guilloche hovers above the remaining horned animals and two walking storks. This is a Mitanni seal, c. 1400-1200 B.C., from anywhere between the eastern Mediterranean and Kurdistan. It is a little worn, but all the design is clear.' 6.29 grams, 27mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 2028; 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.