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Lot 2129
Late 3rd-2nd millennium BC. A group of four discoid bronze seals, including two accompanied by a typed and signed note by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology 1970-1993, which states: (T-282) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 93 x 92 x 21mm. This has a round flat face and back, with notched outer edge. On the back is mounted a handle of inverted U-shape, the design, which is both compartmented and open-work, consists of a pattern of shapes. In the centre is what was planned as a circle, and round it are five bands of mostly circles stretching to an outer band which is notched to match the outer rim. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. It is exceptionally large. There is heavy incrustation on the surface, which could be removed. There is very little damage, mostly it is in good condition.'; and one fragmented seal with compartmented design and scalloped border.'; (6819) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 68 x 19mm. This is a round compartmented seal with wavy edge and loop handle on the back. The compartments, which rise from a solid back, form a pattern: the circle is divided into four quarters by two crossing bands of nine squares, and opposite quarters have the same design. Two have a bush or tree with branches sprouting from each side of the main stem, two have a scorpion. This is a seal from eastern Iran or Afghanistan, c.2200-2000 B.C. It is a large and fine example, and while there is now much corrosion on the surface, this could be removed with laboratory treatment.' 351 grams total, 57-88mm (2 1/4-3 1/2"). The Signo collection, the property of a West London businessman, formed in the late 1980s-early 1990s; T-282, Y-602, X-925, 6819, academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s. [4]

Condition

Fine condition.

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Indus Valley Stamp Seal Group

Estimate £250 - £350Sep 06