Lot 2268: Western Asiatic Akkadian Cylinder Seal with Contest Scene
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 23rd century BC. A carved shell cylinder seal with a hero, lion and domestic animals; 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 Fossil Shell, 31 x 13 mm. This shows a contest scene: a lion between two domestic animals, a hero grappling with another quadruped. All the creatures are standing on their hind legs in a scene of the lion attacking the domestic animals and the hero defending them. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C. from Mesopotamia or West Iran. The surface is worn, as often with shell seals. 17.43 grams, 31mm (1 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s.
Condition Report: Fair condition.