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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £270

Indus Valley Stamp Seal Collection

23rd-20th century BC

A mixed group of five bronze seals, including four 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-613) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 46 x 46 x 43 x 9mm. This bears the shape of the design, which is in three parts essentially the same arranged in a rough circle. The face is hollowed out, and the design is repeated on the back in high relief. In the middle there is a suspension loop. Each of the three parts consists of a recumbent ibex with head forwards and front paws resting on an object not so far identified. At the rear, the animal is being swallowed by a curling snake. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is conserved, and in good condition. It is a rare type and perhaps unique for this design, thus an important seal.'; (U-482) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 38 x 38 x 10mm. This is round, with flat compartmented and open-work face and flat back, on which is mounted a handle of loop type. The design consists of an insect joined to a plain surrounding band by head, feelers, legs and tail, and this plain band is surrounded by a second band divided into short segments. this comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. it is an attractive piece for the insect, and is in generally good condition.'; (U-232) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 39 x 39 x 14mm. This is round, with flat compartmented and open-work face, flat back, and a handle on the back of inverted V-shape. The design is not easy to interpret, but it appears to be an abstract rendering of a running small springing animal such as a hare, with big ears up, tail over back, and four legs spread, within a plain outer band. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. the outer rim is a little worn and damaged, but the design is clear. the metal has been conserved.'; (T-463) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 34 x 34 x 13mm. This is round, with flat face and flat back, on which is mounted a handle of inverted U-shape. The design, which is both compartmented and open-work, shows a scorpion within a plain outer band. 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, but, apart from slight denting of the outer rim, the piece is in very good condition.'; the rest comprising: one roughly discoid with central nonagon divided into eight sections surrounded by nine circles with strut connecting to each corner of the nonagon, forming a guilloche scalloped border, strap handle to the reverse. 100 grams, 35-51 (1 1/4-2"). Fine condition. [5]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; collection numbers U-323 , U-482, T-463, U-613, Z-182, academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s.