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LOT 0200

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Western Asiatic Stamp Seal Collection

3rd-1st millennium BC

A group of ten seals, including five accompanied by typed and signed notes by the late W.G.Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which state: (U-46) 'This is a round disc with flat face, slightly convex back, and scalloped outer edge. There is a handle, apparently reattached, of one piece on the back, pierced for suspension. The design shows within a circle a prancing quadruped, apparently a horse, with short tail up and three filling shapes around. Outside the circle is a band of 23 'petals'. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-1800 B.C. It is exceptionally large and in very good state of preservation. Slight damage to the back is the only imperfection. The modelling of the animal is finely done, bringing out the shapes of the body and head in true proportions with only careful modelling and no linear aids. lines trace the outlines of all the hollowed out parts, but they do not contribute to the success of the piece. This is an important work of art from west central Asia, of great rarity'; (T-705) 'Stamp Seal of Green/Black Stone, 24 x 23 x 12mm. this has a flat round face, and back which rises and flares inwards to a pierced lug in the centre. The design on the face is a rosette with four petals and triangles filling the spaces so created. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2000-1000 B.C. It has an attractive design and is in good condition save for wear and a little damage to the edges.'; (Q-50) 'Stamp Seal of White Stone or Fired Kaolin, 16 x 15 x 9mm. This has a flat round face with notched edge. The back is also flat and has in its centre a pierced loop like an arch. The design consists of a simple cross with arms thinning at their ends, and the quarters so created are filled with triangles. This seal comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2200-1700 B.C. The loop is chipped and the object is worn, but the condition is generally almost good.'; (Q-46) 'Stamp Seal of Soft White Stone or Fired Kaolin, 25.5. x 25 x 12mm. This has a flat, round face with notched edge, and the back is also flat, with a loop in the middle like an arch. The design is drilled and consists of a central rosette of five dots, surrounded by eight triangles composed of three dots each. This seal comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2000-1500 B.C. This seal is in very good condition.'; (Q-48) 'Stamp Seal of White Stone or Fired Kaolin, 25 x 25.5 x 13mm. This has a flat round face with notched edge. The back is also flat and in the middle there is a pierced loop like an arch. The design is composed entirely of drill holes: a single one in the middle, and around it six triangles composed of three holes each. This seal comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2000-1500 B.C. It is in good state of preservation.' 183 grams total, 16-71mm (1/2-2 3/4"). Fine condition. [10]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; collection numbers Q-46, Q-48, Q-50, R-651, R-800, T-705, U-46, V-425, W-376, academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s.
Footnotes
Dr. Bonewitz notes: 'The seals are made from serpentine (3), composition (5), and limestone (2).'