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LOT 0374

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Indus Valley Stamp Seal Collection

Late 3rd-early 2nd millennium BC

A mixed group of mainly bronze stamp seals, some accompanied by an old scholarly note, typed and signed by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: (V-853) 'A Stamp Seal of Silver, 32 x 36 x 17 mm. This bears the shape of the design, with flat compartmented face and flat back on which is mounted a handle of inverted U-shape. The design is no doubt meant to depict something, but it is not clear to the present writer what the thing is. The edges of the piece are worn down, and there is dark incrustation on the surface, but generally it is in good condition and it is rare for its material. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C.'; (V-362) 'A Stamp Seal of Bronze, 30 x 30 x 12 mm. This bears the shape of the design, with flat compartmented face and flat back, on which is mounted a handle of inverted V-shape. The design consists of a central Greek cross, and on the end of each arm of the cross a crescent is put. 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. generally it is in very good condition.'; (C-23) 'A Stamp Seal of Bronze, 39 x 51 x 24 mm. This is an open work seal with a design consisting of three equilateral triangles, two side by side, the other tete beche and in the middle. There is a large loop handle on the back.This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is rare. perhaps unique, as a type, and in very good condition. The object is made from strip metal with a triangular profile.'; (C-21) 'A Stamp Seal of Bronze, 32 x 33 x 7.5 mm. This is compartmented with a solid back and a handle on the back made from sheet metal. The design consists of two concentric circles within the cross.This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is somewhat incrusted, but could be cleaned, and save for a worn handle is in good condition.' 216 grams total, 28-45mm (1 - 2"). Fine condition. [10]

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s.