• latw-119-10
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal. Side view of bottom surface with carved hero and lion-griffin in combat. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-119-20
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal. View of bottom surface with carved hero and lion-griffin in combat. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Conical chalcedony stamp seal

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4527
Inventory No.
4527
Material
Chalcedony, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 22
Description
Small chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, missing any mounting. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio with a heroic combat scene: The hero stands at right on a groundline, wearing Persian court robe and a crenellated crown, holding a short sword in his left hand and grasping a rampant winged horned lion-griffin with his right (Dusinberre). Height 1.7 cm, face 1.4 cm x 1.1 cm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 22. “In the same tomb were found beads nos. 29 and 56” (Curtis).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 119; Dusinberre 2003, fig. 92.
Author
ED