WESTERN ASIATIC OLD BABYLONIAN CYLINDER SEAL FOR ARAD-NAMU SON OF MAZE 18th-17th century BC
A haematite(?) cylinder seal with standing figure, bull and three columns of cuneiform text transliterated as 'arad2-na-mu / dumu ma-ze2 -x- i3-li2 / arad2 d.adad' (Arad-namu, son of Maze?-ili, servant of Adad). 8.39 grams, 21mm (3/4").
Condition Fine condition.
Provenance Property of a London gentleman; part of his family collection since the 1970s; supplied with a museum-quality impression.
Literature See Collon, D. First Impressions. Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East, London, 2005, for discussion.
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.