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LOT 1468

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £135

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £135

Western Asiatic Mitanni Cylinder Seal with Robed Figures

15th-12th century BC

A turquoise faience 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 out between upper and lower rules, shows a standing figure in long robe holding a weapon in one raised hand, and extending the other arm towards a standing horned animal with head turned back. A crude piece of guilloche pattern fills a space. This is a Mitanni seal from anywhere between the eastern Mediterranean and Kurdistan. It is in good condition and deeply cut. The seal dates to c. 1400-1200 B.C.' 1.28 grams, 21mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 3003; 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.