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Western Asiatic Mitanni Cylinder Seal with Stars and Animals

15th-12th century BC

A green 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 put between upper and lower rules, shows a standing figure in a long robe holding a pole surmounted by a star in one hand, while extending the other hand. A pair of standing horned animals with heads turned backwards above a panel of criss-cross fills the remaining space. This is a Mitanni seal, c. 1400-1200 B.C. from anywhere between the eastern Mediterranean and Kurdistan. It is in fine condition.' 1.18 grams, 20mm (3/4"). Fine condition.

The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 3004; 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.