A large agate 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 which states: 'A contest scene of seven creatures, all on their hind legs, is shown, in two groups. The larger group is of five contestants: a bull with human face with body crossing that of a lion, which is biting the neck of a domestic horned animal as a female feline is also biting its head from the other side as a bull-man is pulling it off. The other group is a pair: of hero and domestic quadruped. This is a Sumerian seal of the Third Early Dynastic period, c. 2500-2400 B.C. It is a large seal with many figures on it, but it is worn. However, the design is clear enough to be understood.'
Fine condition; the agate weathered white on its surface.
Length 39.5 mms (1.55 ins)
Provenance: Ex The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; item number V-150; 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.
Large Sumerian Early Dynastic cylinder seal with contest scene: Circa 2450 BC
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