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LOT 1364

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Western Asiatic Northern Mesopotamian or Anatolian Cylinder Seal with Figures

10th-7th century BC

A black jasper 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 left side is a man with a long fringed robe, bearded, holding in both hands a rod. In front of him stands a symbol consisting of a domed base with pole rising from it, with a crescent shape on top with a kind of thistle bloom superimposed on the crescent. Above this scene is a crescent and a star. Beyond the symbol is a vulture on the wing above to jars, and two other vessels above the jars. This seal comes from northern Mesopotamia or Anatolia, and dates to c. 900-700 B.C. It is a rare design, but this seal is worn.' 13.3 grams, 40mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number 1100; 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.