• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5952

    Antiquities

    27 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 72

    AN OLD BABYLONIAN BLACK SERPENTINE CYLINDER SEAL

    CIRCA 2000-1600 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN OLD BABYLONIAN BLACK SERPENTINE CYLINDER SEAL
    CIRCA 2000-1600 B.C.
    With contest scene, showing two pairs of bullmen and human-headed bulls, in combat with each other, central standard surmounted by crescent, a 'ball-staff' in the field, a two line cuneiform inscription identifies the seal owner as "Ninshubur, vizier of Ishtar"
    1 in. (2.8 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Prof. Hans and Marie-Louise Erlenmeyer collection, formed between 1943 and the early 1960s: sold Sotheby's London, 9 July 1992, lot 140.