AN ASSYRIAN CLAY BRICK OF KING SHALMANASER I
CIRCA 1300 B.C.
The square brick with foundation inscription: "Palace of Shalmanaser, King of Kish, son of Adad-Nirari, King of Kish", two corners damaged, 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) sq.; five Old Akkadian, Ur III and Old Babylonian stone cylinder seals, 2300-1600 B.C., 1¼ in. (3.3 cm.) high max.; a Mesopotamian clay foundation cone of Lipit-Ishtar, with cuneiform inscription, the text enumerating the king's titles and recording the building of a namgarum (probably a pit or well) in the court house, after he had "established justice in the lands of Sumer and Akkad", some salt encrustation, reign of Shalmanaser I, circa 1300 B.C., 4¼ in. (10.7 cm.) long; an Ur III clay cuneiform tablet, part of a list of animals (lambs and goats) and provisions in drink for the service of certain gods on various occasions, circa 2100 B.C., 3 in. (7.5 cm.) long approx.; a fragment from a Mesopotamian alabaster shallow dish with the lower left corner of an inscription, circa 2500-2200 B.C., 2½ in. (6.4 cm.) across; a Mesopotamian shell pouring vessel, the shell's central columella removed and the interior ground smooth, Early Dynastic, second half of 3rd millennium B.C., 6 in. (15.2 cm.) long; a bronze biconical bead or weight, a small stone bull's head, a miniature bronze animal pendant and a string of beads, all 3rd-1st millennium B.C.; four Roman cornelian intaglios, three in ring settings, and three further rings; and a hollow terracotta protome of a bovine animal reclining, 4¾ in. (12 cm.) long (a lot)
Formerly in the collection of the late Wing Commander A. B. Fanstone: items partly acquired from Edward Jawahery in Baghdad in the 1930s. Correspondence including copies of a report by Sidney Smith (Keeper of Assyrian and Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum) dated 4 November 1939, a bill of sale dating to the 1930s and a letter from Professor W. Lambert dated 12 February 1975 accompany this lot.