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LOT 0177

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GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 360 - 480
USD ($) 410 - 540

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£270 (EUR 323; USD 368) (+bp*)

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Sumerian Stone Fragment for a Servant of Warad and Shu

c.20th-17th century BC

A stone fragment with one dressed face bearing the remains of four columns of inscribed text; accompanied by a handwritten and signed scholarly note by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'Fragment of stone vessel, dark stone, with cuneiform inscription: '[... servant of Warad- [... son of Ada[llal...] servant of Shu .[...' Old Babylonian, c.2000-1700 B.C.' 74 grams, 52mm (2"). Fair condition.

Provenance
Specialised collection of cuneiform texts, the property of a London gentleman and housed in London before 1992.
Thence by descent to family members.
Examined by Professor Wilfrid George Lambert FBA (1926-2011), historian, archaeologist, and specialist in Assyriology and Near Eastern archaeology, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
This small collection is exceptional for the variety of types, including some very rare and well preserved examples.
Accompanied by a copy of a hand written and signed scholarly note by Professor Wilfrid George Lambert.