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LOT 0201

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GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 330 - 440
USD ($) 390 - 520

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£270 (EUR 297; USD 350) (+bp*)

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Western Asiatic Neo-Assyrian Cylinder Seal with Bull Mounting Suckling Cow

10th-7th century BC

A brown limestone 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 scene shows a bull mounting a cow that is giving suck to its young as the farmer, wearing a kilt, stands in front steadying the cow. There are two stars and a crescent in the sky, a tree in front of the farmer and the spade-symbol behind him. Five dots fill the space above the bull's body. This is a Neo-Assyrian seal in the linear style, c. 900-700 B.C. It is one of the rarer designs, and very well engraved, though there is a little wear on the surface and some touching up.' 13 grams, 33mm (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 4062; 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.