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    Pair of fluted gold earrings. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Pair of fluted gold earrings

Date
First half of the fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 5148
Inventory No.
5148
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 921
Description
Two almost circular gold earrings. “The body is hollow and nearly cylindrical in cross section. The outer portion has a rounded profile, with 38 radiating ribs. The inner section is undecorated and terminates in a sharp edge within. On each of the flat, truncated ends, two small rings are attached. On each end of the semicircular pin is a loop that, when in place, rests between the two rings at each end of the body. The fastening was effected by means of a still smaller wire that passes through the three rings, two of the body and one of the pin” (Curtis). Length 0.0215 m, thickness 0.006 m, weight (together) 4.2 g.
Comments
From Sardis, found by the Butler Expedition in Tomb 921 together with another, boat-shaped earring and a gold chain. These are similar to the earrings worn by ivory head No. 52.
Discussed
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 64; Meriçboyu 2001, 98, 99, fig. 1.
Author
NDC