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Auction: Auction 15.05.2002
was auctioned on: 15 May 2002
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Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
ca. US$1,459 - US$2,189
Price realised:  £2,115
ca. US$3,087
Lot number 290, Views: 318

A LARGE GROUP OF NEAR EASTERN HARDSTONE CYLINDER AND STAMP SEALS LATE 3RD MILLENNIUM B.C./7TH CENTURY A.D. AND LATER A Neo-Assyrian chalcedony seal, a hero in contest with two quadrupeds and another hero in contest with a winged with a winged human-headed sphinx, circa 7th Century B.C.; an Old Babylonian haematite seal with a Lama goddess facing a divine king, with three-line cuneiform inscription, circa 1900-1700 B.C.; an Akkadian black serpentine seal with a seated god being approached by two gods, a larger god kneeling down on one knee behind, a scorpion in the field, circa 2300-2200 B.C.; twelve Mesopotamian hardstone, one of green frit, cylinder seals including an Achaemenid orange stone seal with a royal hero grappling with two human-headed winged sphinxes, circa 5th/early 4th Century B.C.; and eight other cylinder seals, late 3rd/1st millennium B.C., one modern, 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) high max.; a group of mainly Mesopotamian stamp seals, including two Neo-Babylonian chalcedony octagonal seals and one conoid seal each with a worshipper before an altar with divine symbols, late 7th-5th Century B.C., 1 in. (2.5 cm.) high max.; three scaraboids, one of green glass; a Turkmenistan mottled green and white stone disc-shaped stamp seal engraved with a bird, 2nd-1st millennium B.C.; a large group of Sassanian stamp seals including agate, chalcedony, cornelian, haematite and rock crystal, engraved with motifs including human bearded busts, standing figures, a winged human-headed bull, winged horses, a scorpion, zebus including a zebu suckling a calf, crescent moon and star, some with Pahlavi inscriptions, 4th-7th Century A.D., 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm.) across max.; a group of Roman and later engraved intaglios; and an Etruscan style cornelian scarab with Eros and Psyche as a butterfly, after the antique, 15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) long(a lot)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 15.05.2002
Date of the auction: 15 May 2002
Address: Christie's
London, South Kensington