A Collection of 11 Cylinder seals in presentation box and with paperwork
Lot 138
Eleven Mesopotamian hardstone cylinder seals 11
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 13,722) inc. premium

Lot Details
Eleven Mesopotamian cylinder seals 11
Eleven Mesopotamian hardstone cylinder seals
Jemdet Nasr Period - Neo-Assyrian Period, circa 2800-700 B.C.
Including a Jemdet Nasr limestone cylinder seal carved with a hero holding two up-ended animals by their horns, flanked by a second hero, circa 2800 B.C., 30mm high; six Akkadian serpentine cylinder seals, showing various contest scenes with heroes wrestling animals, one with with the sun god Shamash wearing the horned crown, a drinking scene and another with a priestess and worshippers, circa 2400 B.C., 21mm-31mm high; two Ur III serpentine cylinder seals, showing enthroned deities and worshippers, circa 2100 B.C., 26mm-29mm high; a Syrian haematite cylinder seal, with men battling lions and a griffin, circa 2000 B.C., 20mm high; and a Neo-Assyrian serpentine cylinder seal, showing a hero fighting a sphinx, circa 9th-8th Century B.C., 26mm high, with original presentation box (11)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Dutch private collection.
    Hüfner Collection, Bonn, Germany.
    Prof. Dr. H. Kirmis Collection, Neümunster, Germany, mid-20th Century.
    Hofrat Horner Collection, Switzerland.
    Flandin Collection, Paris, France.
    A. Beperer Collection, Basel, Switzerland, acquired at the end of the 19th Century.

    Accompanied by a report from Dr A. Amiet-Engel addressed to Mr Beperer dated 1 July 1899, and by an expertise from Dr Rainer-Michael Boehmerb, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, dated 11 January 1972.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Madeleine Perridge
    Specialist - Antiquities
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8226
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8283
Similar Items