• latw-124-10
    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel (No. 124). (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-124-20
    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel (No. 124). (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold seal ring

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4634
Inventory No.
4634
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb T.S. 16
Description
Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is of 1.5-mm wire. Thinner wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop wire on each side. The back of the scarab is shallowly and indistinctly modelled, although its folded wings are indicated by two incised lines. The underside is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion crouching right, its tail curved forward over its back. Diameter of ring 2.1 cm, length of scarab 1.2 cm, width 8 mm.
Comments
From Sardis, Sarcophagus T.S. 16. In the same sarcophagus was found ring no. 91 (Curtis).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 94.
Author
ED