London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
AN ASSYRIAN CHALCEDONY STAMP SEAL BELONGING TO A QUEEN OR ROYAL CONCUBINE
8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
With a finely detailed scene of a king presenting his queen or concubine to the enthroned goddess Ishtar, depicted with her nimbus of stars and seated above her lion attribute which she holds on a lead, a scorpion of the harem above, with guilloche border, pierced for attachment, with later suspension hoop
¾ in. (2 cm.) diam.
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Cf. S. Herbordt, Neuassyrische, Glyptik des 8-7. Jh. v. Chr., in State Archives of Assyria, Studies I, 1992, pl. 32, no. 3 for a similar impression.
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