Lot 2248: Western Asiatic Akkadian Cylinder Seal with Contest Scene
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 23rd century BC. A carved marble cylinder seal with animal and human figures, accompanied by a typed and signed scholarly note issued by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: Cylinder Seal of White Marble, 31 x 15.5 mm. The engraving shows a contest scene with five figure, all standing. In the middle are two lions with bodies crossed, each attacking a horned domestic animals while a human-looking figure on the far left is coming to the rescue of the horned animal. As a terminal there is a vacant inscription panel above a scorpion. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C., from Mesapotamia or an adjacent area. There is a chip missing from the bottom, but the design is otherwise intact and in good condition. 13.24 grams, 30mm (1 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition.