23rd-22nd century BC. A carved fossil shell cylinder seal with scene of combat and inscription; accompanied by a museum-quality impression and 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 Fossil Shell, 30.5 x 17.5 mm. In the centre is a lion on its hind legs, and either side of it a nude hero with double-strand belt is grappling with the creature. There is a two-line inscription, of which a few signs remain: [xx]-da-[x] [..]da[.] / [xx] Å¡eni/ir [..]sheni/sher This no doubt named the seal owner and gave his father's name. This is an Akkadian seal, c. 2300-2200 B.C., from Mesopotamia. The surface is abraded in part, but enough remains to show the quality of the work. The lion is still clear.' 17 grams, 31mm (1 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s; supplied with a museum-quality impression and scholarly note by Professor W. G. Lambert. 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.