Lot 2253: Western Asiatic Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal with Animals
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd millennium BC. A limestone cylinder seal with animal figurines; 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 Fawn Stone, 34 x 27 mm. The design consists of a repeated motif to three grooves, the two longer ones curving toward the short one at one end. Some finer cuts to supply quadruped heads to the ends of the grooves are no doubt recutting. This is a seal of c. 3000 B.C., from Syria/Anatolia/Palestine, related to the Jemdet Nasr style of Mesopotamia. Some parts of the surface are well preserved, but there is some corrosion in other parts.' 43.8 grams, 34mm (1 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s. This lot is part of a single collection of cylinder seals which were examined in the 1980s by Professor Lambert and most are accompanied by his own detailed notes; the collection has recently been reviewed by Dr. Ronald Bonewitz.
Condition Report: Fine condition.