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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 101

    AN AKKADIAN BLACK STONE CYLINDER SEAL

    CIRCA 2300-2200 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN AKKADIAN BLACK STONE CYLINDER SEAL
    CIRCA 2300-2200 B.C.
    With two contest scenes of hero attacking a lion and a bull-man attacking an ibex, a seated monkey in the field, inscribed with an Old Babylonian two line cuneiform inscription (dated circa 2000-1600 B.C.) naming the seal's owner as "Sin-bel-ili, servant of the god Amurru"
    1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) high


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    The Old Babylonian ownership inscription on this earlier Akkadian seal suggests that the seal was passed to multiple owners in antiquity.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a private collection, Germany, 1976-1978.