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    Gold seal ring. View of bottom surface with carved lion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold seal ring

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4636
Inventory No.
4636
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 811
Description
“Gold seal ring with diamond-shaped gold bezel, with no separation between bezel and ring. The bezel is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion walking right, its tail curled up over its back. In front of the lion is a circle with two curved lines below, behind it is a bird with hooked beak” (Dusinberre). Diameter 2.25 cm, length of bezel 1.6 cm, width of bezel 8.5 mm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 811. “In the same tomb were found ring no. 97 [found on the finger of the skeleton in the sarcophagus] and seal no. 109 (Curtis) [here No. 129].
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 90; Dusinberre 2003, 264, fig. 73.
Author
ED