• latw-127-10
    Silver ring with sealstone. View of bottom surface with carved lion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-127-20
    Silver ring with sealstone. View of bottom surface with carved lion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Silver ring with sealstone

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4639
Inventory No.
4639
Material
Silver
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 701
Description
Very heavy silver ring of horseshoe shape with an oval hematite (?) intaglio mounted on a swivel. A silver wire passes through the stone and the thickened ends of the hoop and is wrapped twice on each side. It has a rounded top and flat oval base on which is deeply carved in intaglio a lion crouching right on a ground line, its head small and bent down and its tail curling up and back. Its bristling mane is meticulously shown. In the field above the lion’s back is a key-shaped symbol. Diameter of hoop 2.5 cm, diameter wire of hoop 4 mm, length of stone 1.7 cm, height 7 mm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 701.
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 99.
Author
ED