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    Cylinder seal. View of surface with carved hero-king figure, two lion-griffins and two winged sphinxes. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Cylinder seal

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4581
Inventory No.
4581
Material
Agate, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 813
Description
Agate cylinder seal in a gold mounting consisting of a pin held in place by two gold plates, with a gold loop on top set with granulations. The seal shows a crowned hero-king figure controlling two rampant lion-griffins, with two winged, crowned sphinxes as pedestal figures crouching on a ground line. Total height 3 cm, height of stone 1.85 cm, diameter 7.5 mm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 813. In the same tomb were found gold ornaments of no. 12 (Curtis). For Tomb 813, one of the few tombs excavated by Butler that can now be identified, see Greenewalt et al. 1988, 36-44.
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 104.
Author
ED