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Indus Valley Stamp Seal Collection
Indus Valley Stamp Seal Collection

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A mixed group of five bronze seals, including two accompanied by a typed and signed note by the late W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: (K-1) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 69 x 67 x 20mm. This is shaped like an eight-pointed star with flat face and back, on which a loop handle is fixed. The face is compartmented but not open-work. The points of the star are pear-shaped compartments, and the centre then becomes a small eight-pointed star. This is a seal from west central Asia, c. 2300-2000 B.C. A few of the tips are slightly damaged, but generally it is in very good condition.'; (R-203) 'Stamp Seal of Bronze, 55 x 55 x 15mm. This is round, with a flat face and flat back, on which is mounted a handle in the form of a loop. The design is both compartmented and open-work. It consists of six arms spreading like rays from the middle to an outer band with zig-zag outer edge. The back has linear engraving on both arms, and more so on the outer band: bud-shaped markings on each point. This comes from west central Asia and dates to c. 2300-2000 B.C. The handle is worn, but otherwise the piece is in very good condition and the metal has been conserved.'; the rest comprising: one discoid with scalloped border, openwork centre divided into four quarters, each filled with four zig-zag lines, rectangular handle to the reverse; one roughly discoid with openwork design of central circle surrounded by four larger irregular shapes, edge extending into eight hooked arms joined by struts, four facing clockwise, four anti-clockwise, possibly zoomorphic heads, inverted U-shape handle to the reverse; one formed as a central square with circle inside, form each face extends an arm which splits and curves, meeting those to each side, forming a scalloped edge, inverted V-shape handle to the reverse. 256 grams total, 54-67mm (2 1/4-2 3/4"). Fine condition. [5]
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