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LOT 0202

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Western Asiatic Stamp Seal Collection

3rd-1st millennium BC

A mixed group of ten stamp seals, including four accompanied by typed and signed notes by the late W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which state: (T-580) 'Bifacial Stamp Seal of Green Stone, 15 x 14 x 8mm. This is a nearly square plaque with vertical sides, pierced through the middle. The one side shows a plant in bloom, the other side a star with eight 'rays'. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is a nice example of its kind and in very good condition.'; (U-628) 'Stamp Seal of Dark-coloured Stone, 22 x 18 x 8mm. This is bifacial, in the form of a squeezed cylinder pierced through the thickest part. The one side shows a scorpion, the other side a curling snake. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is a little damaged, but remains a nice example of its kind.'; (U-177) 'Stamp Seal of Red Stone, 27 x 20 x 10mm. This is very roughly oblong with top narrower than bottom, and is pierced near the top. One face only has a design, done largely with the wheel: a standing human figure in long robe with bottom fringe, with long plait of hair hanging down the back. One hand is raised. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 500-1 B.C. It is a rare type and somewhat crudely done, but in good condition.'; (2006) 'Stamp Seal with two faces of cream stone, 29 x 24 x 33mm. This seal has two oblong faces, the larger one on a tabloid base with groove around the sides, the smaller one on a plain tabloid base, the two being connected by a square pillar with angles at the middles of the sides of the tabloids, and pierced through two of its sides. The larger face shows a horned animal from the side, with fat body and short tail. The smaller face shows a kind of swastika design. This is said to come from west-central Asia, and can be dated from parallels from Anatolia/northern Iraq to c. 1100-800 B.C. It is a rarity, and in good condition.' 124 grams total, 15-41mm (1/2-1 1/2"). Fine condition. [10]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; collection numbers 2006, 2917, 4067, T-580, V-139, V-177, V-628, W-273, Z-68, Z-70, academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s.
Footnotes
Dr Bonewitz notes: 'The seals are made from serpentine (6), lapis lazuli (1), limestone (3).'