13 June 2000
SIX SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS
circa late 3rd millennium-mid 2nd millennium b.c.
Of black steatite and diorite, one engraved with a standing winged deity before a seated figure, a palm tree in the field; one with three worshippers and a seated figure; one with two worshippers facing two deities, a guilloche between a winged griffin and a hare as the terminal; one with two worshippers facing a deity, a guilloche between a winged griffin and a lion as the terminal; another similar but reversed, one worshipper holding forth an idol before the deity, a guilloche between a sphinx and a monkey as the terminal; and one (damaged) with a worshipper before two winged deities, four small figures, a sphinx above, a hare and a bird below as the terminal
11/8 in. (2.9 cm) high (6)
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
On occasion, Christie’s has a direct financial interest in lots consigned for sale. This interest may include guaranteeing a minimum price to the consignor which is secured solely by consigned property. This is such a lot.
Offered for private sale, a work on paper that not only encapsulates the bond between two greats, but also seems to reference their workouts together
From Wolfers Brothers via Henry Vever and Suzanne Belperron to Aldo Cipullo, a guide to some of jewellery’s hidden gems