WESTERN ASIATIC NEO-ELAMITE CYLINDER SEAL FOR URAK SON OF AKSHISHI 6th-5th century BC
A drum-shaped banded agate cylinder seal with seated woman in long robe and holding a cup, in front is a servant holding similar vessel with table between, behind, Neo-Elamite inscription; accompanied by an old scholarly note, typed and signed by W. G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'This is barrel-shaped, with a big white band in the middle, the fawn at each end. The scene shows a seated woman in long robe with bottom fringe on a chair with low back and fancy feet. She is holding a cup in one hand. Facing her is a standing servant holding a similar vessel in both hands. Between them is a table with feet like those of the chair, and on the top is a cloth and a fish, There is a five line inscription in Neo-Elamite script naming the ancient owner and forming a terminal: ....urak son of Akshishi. This is a Neo-Elamite seal, c. 700-500 BC, It is a rare design but one end is badly chipped.' 5 grams, 25mm (1").
Condition Fine condition, chipped.
Provenance Property of a North West London gentleman; formerly with a central London gallery in 1990.