WESTERN ASIATIC ACHAEMENID CYLINDER SEAL WITH KING ON HORSEBACK 6th-4th century BC
A hardstone cylinder seal with contest scene with Achaemenid king on horseback attacking a standing up lion with a spear, the symbol of evil, beneath the winged solar disc. 9.71 grams, 31mm (1 1/4").
Condition Fine condition. Rare.
Provenance Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s; supplied with a museum-quality impression.
Literature Cf. Collon, D. First Impressions. Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East, London, 2005, p.156, item 698 for type.
Footnotes This lot is part of a single collection of cylinder seals which were examined in the 1980s by Professor Lambert and most are accompanied by his own detailed notes; the collection has recently been reviewed by Dr. Ronald Bonewitz.
Date Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Saturday 25 November 2017:
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