6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A NEO-ASSYRIAN CHALCEDONY STAMP CYLINDER
CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
The cylinder engraved with a bearded worshipper in a long robe, facing left, standing between two deities, each standing upon a bull, that to the left a bearded warrior god, probably Ninurta, wearing a long robe, crossed bow-cases on his back, that to the right winged, similarly clad, holding a dotted ring, in the field a hare, a fish, a wedge, a tasseled spade of Marduk and a star; the base with a seated ape; a suspension loop above
1 9/16 in. (3.9 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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