Ancient Mesopotamian and Sumerian Artifacts for Sale
All Authentic and Well-Provenanced

Mesopotamia is known as the 'Cradle of Western Civilization', and included the empires of Babylon, Sumer, and Assyria in ancient times. Its borders encompassed modern-day Iraq, southeastern Turkey and northeastern Syria. Its great empires were responsible for the origins of writing, urban planning, and agriculture, among many other accomplishments.

Sumerian and Mesopotamian artifacts are quite rare, and prized on the collector market. Because of this, countless destructive archaeological atrocities have been committed, including the pillaging of museums and looting of archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. This destruction must stop, and I hope that all of those ill-gotten artifacts find their way back to where they belong. Every single item I offer for sale here has been painstakingly authenticated and the legal origin of their source determined. These come from old private collections, museum deaccessions, and auctions with proven legal ownership outside their country of origin prior to 1970 and the UNESCO treaty. Enjoy!


Cuneiform Tablets
Mesopotamian, Sumerian, & Babylonian. c. 2800 - 1700 BC

The Ancient Animals of Noah's Ark
Sumerian amulets relating to the Flood story of the Biblical
Book of Genesis, and the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

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Neo-Assyrian, 8th - 7th Century BC. Fantastic and rare glazed composition amulet of Auzu. One side possesses a facing head in wonderful Egyptian style amidst floral elements on one side with the stylized lion-headed eagle in flight called Auzu opposite, wings nicely detailed. Auzu was a symbol for the god Ningirsu or the bird which Ningirsu defeats. It is thought that the Auzu represents the power of storm-clouds. 35 x 17 x 13 mm. Vertical hole for suspension. Some weathering and light deposits. Ex David Liebert collection; Ex Tom Cederlind collection; Ex Mark Reid (Time Machine, NY). #AP2450: $450

Southern Mesopotamia, 3rd Millennium BC. Rare steatite bowl with ancient repair! Carved from dark grey steatite with flaring sides and a raised disk foot. This bowl was apparently extremely valuable and shows an excellent example of ancient repair, the bowl having broken in half and bands were placed in three places, each defined by two drilled holes joined by a shallow channel. Expertly restored. 4 7/8" x 3" (12.5 x 7.7 cm). Ex private collection, New Orleans, LA, USA, acquired in the Arabian Peninsula during the 1950's - 1960's. This is a fantastic piece.
More photos available upon request! #AP2451: $750


Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC. Fantastic and very rare Mesopotamian sling bullet. Made of ceramic, with rounded profile and pointed ends, capable of serious damage in the hands of the skilled Mesopotamian warriors. 47 mm (1 7/8") long with nice reddish color. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York City acquired on the London Art Market October 1989. #AP2089: $299

California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession!
Ancient Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 800 BC. A small Assyrian amphoriskos. Unglazed, the rounded body with disk base, narrow neck with collared rim and two strap handles. A nice example with incised decoration and light surface deposits. 3 3/4 in (9.5 cm). Ex-New Jersey private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art. #AP2244: $750


Sumeria, Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr Period, c. 3100 - 2900 BC. Great large Sumerian black and white marble stamp seal. The base with multiple drill dots, hole lengthwise for suspension. 32x32mm. Ex Time Machine Company, New York. Very nice! #AP2143: $499

Sumeria. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3000 - 2700 BC. Large Sumerian creme marble stamp seal. Ovoid in shape with rounded top and longitudinal hole for suspension. The base is lightly convex and is incised with a Y-shape device with star-like devices around. 24.5mm x 20.5 mm. Light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #SS0905). #AP2454: $450

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California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession!
Ancient Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 800 BC. A nice Assyrian green ware juglet, the globular body with disk base and a decorative band of incised vertical and horizontal lines around the shoulder. The neck is narrow with flared mouth and two vertical lug handles. H: 4" (10.4 cm). Nice light green color with light deposits. Ex-New Jersey private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession. Rare! #AP2442: $599


Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 7th - 6th Century BC. Large Neo-Assyrian cuneiform brick fragment. Most likely part of a dedicatory inscription for a building, with a line of neatly incised cuneiform characters on the flat face. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in (12 x 9 x 5.6 cm). Light deposits. Ex Maryland private collection. #AP2467: $599

Ancient Mesopotamia, c. 2600 - 2350 BC. Great Early Dynastic III limestone cylinder seal depicting crossed lions and a standing hero. L: 25 mm. Light mineral deposits. Cf. Buchanan, Early Near Eastern Seals in the Yale Babylonian collection, p. 109, no. 291 for a near identical example. Rollout not included but I can include a bit of clay for you to roll it out on. Ex Los Angeles, CA private collection. #AP2487: $475

California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession! A gorgeous Sumerian creme and pink marble conical cup. Early Dynastic Period, c. 2500 BC. Wwell-hollowed with narrow flat bottom. An elegant example with attractive mineral deposits. H: 2 in (5 cm); Dia: 2 3/8 in (6 cm). Very rare. Ex-New Jersey private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art. #AP2243: $925

Sumeria. Jemdat Nasr, c. 3000 - 2800 BC. Great Jemdat Nasr red steatite stamp seal. Hemispheroid, the base with an ibex formed by drills, longitudinal hole for suspension. Dia: 1.66 cm. Light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (Acc #SS0901). Beautiful! #AP2453: $499

Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 8th - 7th Century BC. Great limestone pyramidal stamp seal, a winged antelope engraved on the base; horizontal drill through handle. H: 2 cm. Dark purplish-grey color, light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #SS2006). #AP2474: $275


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Cuneiform Tablets
Mesopotamian, Sumerian, & Babylonian. 2800--1700 BC
Cuneiform Foundation Cones
Gudea of Lagash, 2144--2124 BC

Ancient Sumeria, Jemdat Nasr, c. 3300 - 2900 BC. Large Sumerian shell amulet of a fish in naturalistic style with well-formed fins and tail, the gills, eyes and mouth nicely detailed. L: 43 mm (1 5/8”). Some wear and light patina. Ex Peter Cheremisinoff estate, NJ. #AP2482: $299 SOLD

Sumerian, c. 3000 - 2500 BC. Lovely Sumerian creme marble amulet of a calf, with drilled eyes and great style and detail; horizontal bore for suspension through the body. 18 x 15 mm. Ex New Jersey private collection. #AP2477: $350 SOLD

A Mesopotamian terracotta female deity figure, c. 1000 – 600 BC, frontally molded and depicting a nude woman wearing a band around her waist, both hand supporting her voluptuous breasts. He features and wonderfully style and her hair in curled rows descending to her shoulders. H: 3 7/8 in (10 cm). Light deposits and mounted on a custom lucite base. Fine detail! Much better than photo. Ex Ancient Creations, Las Vegas. #AP2276: $675 SOLD


Fantastic oil lamp with Biblical relevance!
North Africa, 5th century AD. Large redware oil lamp fragment depicting a scene from Daniel 3, 13-18. The Babylonian king
Nebuchadnezzar is seated on the left, commanding the Three Hebrews (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) to worship his image. He points to a bust upon a column before him. The Hebrews are shown wearing short pleated tunics with hoods over their heads. Large 12 x 8.2 cm (4 5/8” x 3 1/4”), with great red color and earthen and mineral deposits. cf. Light from the Age of Augustine p. 40 no. 28. A VERY rare depiction of the infamous Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar! ex-Mark Reid, Time Machine, NY. #AR3000: $499 SOLD

Ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian, c. 1900 - 1750 BC. Great large terracotta seated figure of a goddess. She sits on her throne suckling an infant in the manner of the goddess Isis who suckles the young god Horus, who she cradles with her left arm. She wears long robes and is richly adorned with a diadem, earrings, necklaces and armlets. Extremely well-detailed features, light earthen deposits. H: 4 3/8" (11 cm). Ex-New Jersey estate. #AP2249: $750 SOLD

Sumerian, c. 2300–2000 BC. Neat Neo-Sumerian black serpentine cylinder seal depicting a goddess who presents a worshipper to a seated deity, lunar crescent above. L: 18mm. Reverse scheme, Cf. Marcopoli 95; Ashmolean 392. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art Deaccession (acc. #1501). Good seal, rough photo. #AP2161: $299 SOLD

Mesopotamia, c. 3500 -3000 BC. Nice small Mesopotamian grey serpentine stamp seal. Gabled, hemispheroid form with hole drilled for suspension; on base is carved a goat in profile. 12 x 10 mm. Dark grey color, light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #SS2705). #AP2473: $250 SOLD