• latw-118-10
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-118-20
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount. Detail of lion's-head mount. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount

Date
First half of the fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4577
Inventory No.
4577
Material
Gold, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 326
Description
“Pendant (or possibly an ear-ring) of rock crystal, with a gold cap that terminates in a lion’s head holding a ring for suspension in its mouth. The ring is large and is made of a circle of heavy wire, with a beaded ring on either side. At the base, the gold cap terminates in a row of minute teeth. The crystal pendant is nearly cylindrical, but increases slightly in diameter from the flat top (which engages in the gold cap) to the rounded base. It is perforated near the top and is attached to the gold cap by means of a pin that has a round head on one side and is riveted on the other.” (Curtis). Height 0.065 m, greatest diameter 0.015 m.
Comments
From Sardis, excavated by the Butler Expedition in Tomb 326, together with a carnelian stamp seal and four gold pendants. A very similar pendant was found in another tomb (Curtis 1925, no. 50).
Discussed
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 49; Meriçboyu 2001, 124-126.
Author
NDC