• latw-120-1
    Weight-shaped seal. View of top surface. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-120-10
    Weight-shaped seal. View of bottom surface with carved figure seated on throne. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Weight-shaped seal

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4524
Inventory No.
4524
Material
Agate, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 18
Description
Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, perforated but missing its mounting. The bottom surface is carved in intaglio with a figure wearing Persian court garb and a crenellated crown sitting on a throne, with an elaborate stretcher between the legs and a curved-over back, resting his feet on a footstool. The furniture stands on a ground line. In one hand, the figure holds what may be a flower, and in the other a round object that may represent the top of a staff (Dusinberre). Height 0.85 cm, greatest diameter of engraved face 1.45 cm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 18. “In the same tomb were found gold band no. 13, chain no. 42, pendant no. 50, earrings nos. 60 and 82, and seal no. 121” (Curtis).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 123; Dusinberre 2003, fig. 94.
Author
ED