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    Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 5279
Inventory No.
5279
Sardis CATNUM
J67.003
Material
Electrum
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Sardis
Sector
PN
Trench
PN
Description
Recumbent lamb with legs folded under body, head turned to side. Hair stippled on top of head; eyes, mouth, and tail incised. Flat base made separately. Lamb solid-cast; wire made separately and probably fastened to back by soldering. Maximum height 1.0 cm, width 0.7 cm, length 1.0 cm, height of wire 1.3 cm, thickness of wire 0.1 cm.
Comments
Found just west of the Altar of Cybele in the gold-refining area of Sardis (sector PN, see Greenewalt, “Gold”), the earring might well represent an offering to the goddess.
Discussed
Bibliography
Hanfmann 1968, 13, fig. 13; Waldbaum 1983a, no. 719.
Author
CHG