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LOT 0179

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Western Asiatic Neo-Assyrian Cylinder Seal with Fire-Altar, Nimbate Deity, Ishtar and Nabu

10th-8th century BC

A black limestone 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: 'On the right stands a deity in fancy hat and long robe with deep fringe, with a large nimbus around the body. Facing this deity on the left is a worshipper, bare-headed but in a similar robe, one hand up and the other extended. Between the two figures is a fire-altar, with flames rising from it. A star above a cuneiform wedge (symbols of the goddess Ishtar and the god Nabu respectively) form the terminal. This is a Neo-Assyrian seal, c. 900-750 B.C., from Northern Mesopotamia or Syria. Save for a little damage to the upper edge it is in very good condition.' 6.47 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 912; 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.