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LOT 1547

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Western Asiatic Sumerian Cylinder Seal with Temple

31st-30th century BC

A brown limestone cylinder seal, accompanied by a museum-quality impression and a typed and signed scholarly note issued by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'The design shows a temple facade with decoration to each side and above the entrance, and a running horned animal with a star between its leg. This is a Sumerian Jemdet Nasr seal, c. 3000 B.C. Like quite a number of such seals, it is not drilled for suspension. There is some incrustation on the surface, which could be removed, but the condition is generally very good.' 14.3 grams, 25mm (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-420; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by a copy of a typed and signed scholarly note by the Professor.