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Lot 2265: Western Asiatic Cylinder Seal with Gods Inscribed for Inbusha

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 19th-15th century BC. A haematite cylinder seal with four standing figures and cuneiform text; accompanied by an old scholarly note, typed and signed by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: Cylinder Seal of Hematite. 25 x 15 mm. The scene is composed of four standing figures. Second from the right is a god in horned tiara and long robe open at the front with one leg projecting and foot on low foot-stool. The god is holding a wedge in one hand. Behind him stands a Lamma goddess in horned tiara and long flounced robe holding up both hands. Two figures face the standing god: first an introducing god, clad like the Lamma, but with hands clasped. Behind him is a human worshipper in hat with brim and long fringed robe. There is a combined solar disc and lunar crescent in the sky. Three fillers occur: fly, 'vessel', 'ball-staff' and unidentified item between the two latter. A two-line inscription in Babylonian is also given in vacant spaces, naming the ancient seal-owner: Inb?sha, servant of (the god) Ishum. This is an Old Babylonian seal, c. 1900-1600 B.C. It is chipped on the edges and there is one spot of damage in the scene, but generally it is in good condition. The wedge in the god's hand is meant to identify him, but we do not know which god is meant. 15 grams, 25mm (1"). From the collection of a North West London gentleman; acquired in the 1980s.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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