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LOT 0201

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Western Asiatic Stamp Seal Collection

Mainly 4th-2nd millennium BC

A mixed group of stone plano-convex stamp seals, discoid in plan, including five accompanied by an old scholarly note, typed and signed by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which state: (Q-47) 'Stamp seal of White Stone or Fired Kaolin 24 x 2 3 x 12.5 mm. This has a flat, round face with 'milled' edge, and the back is also nearly flat with a loop pierced, like an arch, in the middle. The design consists of drill holes: a large central one, and five triangles composed of from seven to ten holes around it. This seal comes from west central Asia, and dates to c. 2000 - 1500 B.C. It is in good state of preservation.' (T-569) 'Stamp seal of White Stone 48 x 49 x 16 mm. This has a round flat face, notched edges edges [sic] that curve in a little, and a convex back in the centre of which is a pierced loop handle of one piece with the rest. In the centre of this handle is an inlaid circle of lapis, and four other such circles are inlaid around the handle. The design on the face is achieved entirely with drill holes and consists of a rosette with four 'petals' and triangular groups of dots filling the spaces left. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is in quite good condition, and is a very good example of its kind.' (T-699) 'Stamp Seal of Black/Green Stone 30 x 30 x 16 mm. This is round, with flat face, curving sides, and is a slightly convex back on which there is a big pierced handle in the middle. The design on the face is drilled: an inner circle of 5 dots, one off centre, an outer circle of 11 dots. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. There is a little damage and wear to the edges, otherwise it is in good condition.' (T-893) 'Stamp Seal of Black/Green Stone 53 x 50 x 15 mm. This is roughly round with flat face and convex back, in the middle of which was a loop handle, now broken and replaced by a hole through the stone. The design consists of a rosette with eight petals, between each pair of which is a kind of cross, and beyond these as an outer circle are sixteen dots. This comes from west central Asia and date to c. 3500 - 3000 B.C. It is extremely large for its type and rare, but it is worn and there is scratching on the back.' (V-70) 'Stamp Seal of White Stone 20 x 20 x 10 mm. This is a round disc with 'milled edges' and a loop of one piece on the back. The design, achieved entirely with the drill, consists of a pattern of dots: a central dot, and four groups of four dots around it, each group consisting of one inner dot and three in a curving row beyond it. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. There is some incrustation on the surface, which could be removed, and there is little wear and slight damage to the rim, but generally it is in good condition.' 155 grams total, 20-52mm (3/4 - 2"). Fine condition. [10]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item numbers Q-47. T-569, T-699, T-893, V-70, V-381, V-641, V-955, W-299, Y-572; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s.