• latw-129-1
    Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. View of bottom surface with carved goat-sphinx. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-129-10
    Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. Side view of stone with bottom surface with carved goat-sphinx. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4641
Inventory No.
4641
Material
Gold, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Locus
Tomb 811
Description
“Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. The mounting is a gold strip terminating on either side with a carefully executed duck’s head with a long broad bill; the ducks’ eyes are shown, and the feathers on the backs of their heads are indicated by minute hatching. A pin runs through the stone and connects inside the ducks’ heads. A suspension ring is formed of three gold wires, of which the central is the heaviest; the outer wires are beaded. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a crouching winged bearded goat-sphinx facing left, with a broad knobbed horn. It raises its right forepaw. Above its haunch is a symbol resembling a pointed U with looped ends. Total height 2.95 cm, height of stone 2.15 cm, engraved face 1.6 cm broad.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 811. “Found in SE corner of a tomb from which came also rings nos. 90 (here No. 122) and 97 [found on the finger of the skeleton in the sarcophagus]” (Curtis).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Seals”
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 109.
Author
ED