• latw-123-1
    Gold seal ring. View of surface with carved lion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Gold seal ring. View of surface with carved lion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold seal ring

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4585
Inventory No.
4585
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 381
Description
Gold seal ring with a heavy hoop, much thicker at the ends, where it joins the broad, flat, oval gold bezel. The bezel is carved in intaglio with an open-mouthed lion walking right on a ground line, its tail extending behind with the end bent up and forward. Weight 8 g, diameter of ring 2 cm, length of bezel 1.6 cm, width of bezel 1.25 cm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 381. In the same tomb were found chain no. 25 and beads no. 26 (Curtis).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”; Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 92.
Author
ED