Old Babylonian Hematite Cylinder Seal

An ancient Old Babylonian hematite cylinder seal depicting two suppliants in long robes approach a god with scimitar raised and holding a burning torch; behind him an upside down figure likely carved to fill the space reserved for inscription.
Set in a modern gold finger ring mount.

Old Babylonian Period.
Ca. 1900 - 1600 BC.
Height: 7/8 in. (2 cm).
cf.: B. Tessier, Ancient Near Eastern Cylinder Seals from the Marcopoli Collection, (Berkeley, 1984), p. 140, cat. no. 118.
Formerly in the collection of the renowned Iraqi architect Said Ali Madhloom (1921-2017), brought to the United Kingdom in 1981.
Inv#: 8219
Guaranteed Authentic

$3,500

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