Lot 2256: Western Asiatic Old Babylonian Cylinder Seal with Figures and Monkey
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 19th-17th century BC. A carved stone cylinder seal with three standing 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 Dark Brown Stone, 17 x 8.5 mm. On the right a god in horned tiara and long robe raises one hand to a facing figure, bare-headed, but in similar long robe, who also raises one hand. To the left is a nude female, shown frontally, and to her left a divine symbol, a monkey, is placed between the two facing figures. This is an Old Babylonian seal, c. 1900-1600 B.C., from Mesopotamia or a neighbouring area. 2.62 grams, 17mm (3/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition.