ACHAEMENID CYLINDER SEAL WITH KING ON HORSEBACK 6th-4th century BC


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:

Antiquities & Coin Catalogue Auction


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