Lot 2251: Western Asiatic Sumerian Cylinder Seal with Female Figurines
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Circa 3000 BC. A carved black stone cylinder seal with kneeling figures in front of a triangular structure, accompanied by a typed and signed scholarly note issued by W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham 1970-1993, which states: Cylinder Seal of Black Stone, 18 x 16 mm. The design is a frieze of three kneeling female figures, all raising their hands and wearing pigtails. Two are separated by a single vertical row of four fly-like motifs, the other intervening space has two row of the same kind. This is a variant of a Jemdet Nasr Sumerian design, but quite distinct in that the female figures are not squatting, but kneeling, they hold nothing in their hands, and the rows of apparent flies are not from the Jemdet Nasr repertoir. This is reported to have come from Kerman, and that would explain the phenomena. It is a little worn, but it is a rare item. It dates to c. 3000 B.C. 10.11 grams, 18mm (3/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition.