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

Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4632
Inventory No.
4632
Material
Gold, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 722
Description
Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is made of gold wire in the form of a horseshoe that terminates in hemispherical knobs. A pin running through the scarab is riveted to the knobs on either side. The scarab is delicately modelled, with a few incisions to represent the head, wings, and legs. The flat underside is carved in intaglio, with a bristly boar walking left on a ground line. Above the boar’s back is a symbol like the Lydian letter S rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. Diameter 2.2 cm, length of scarab 1.3 cm, width 8.5 mm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 722.
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 98.
Author
ED