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Lot 2274: Western Asiatic Akkadian Cylinder Seal with Seated Figure

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 23rd century BC. A carved marble cylinder seal with a seated figure in front of a column or altar, facing lion and bull(?) combat; 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, 21 x 10 mm. The design shows a single seated figure with one hand raised and in front of this figure a reared-up lion attacking a horned animal in similar posture. As a terminal there is a pole surmounted with a lunar crescent. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C., from Mesopotamia or a neighbouring area, and offers a very unusual combination of items. Though there is some wear on the surface, the design is well preserved. 3.45 grams, 21mm (3/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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