A banded stone cylinder seal drilled vertically for suspension; accompanied by a museum-quality impression and a photocopy of the typed and signed scholarly note issued by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, giving the seal dimensions and stating: 'Seal of black stone with white band. The engraved sides are divided into three registers by two horizontal lines. In each register there is a frieze of four oval shapes, probably meant as fish. This is a Jemdet Nasr seal c.3000 B.C. The banded stone is unusual, and the seal is generally in good condition. Fish at this time were an important offering material in Sumerian religion'.

Circa 1400-1100 BC.


Fine condition.

Length 16 mms (0.6 ins)


Provenance: Ex The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number K-17; academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s; and accompanied by a copy of a typed and signed scholarly note by the Professor.

Jemdet Nasr cylinder seal: Circa 3000 BC

SKU: J514
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