• latw-141-1
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

Date
Late seventh century or beginning of the sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Selcuk, Ephesus Museum, 49/41/86
Inventory No.
49/41/86
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Ephesus
Description
Small gold foil appliqué. Raised central boss, surrounded by four raised, lightly segmented bow coils (Schalenspiralen), with rings at the apices. Volutes and rings pierced for attachment. Probably formed using a positive mold, as the details are clearer on the underside than on the front. 1.5 x 1.5 cm; thickness of foil ca. 0.1 mm, weight 0.3 g.
Comments
From the Artemision at Ephesus, found in trench 430 beneath the southwest corner of Croesus’ temple (for the location of the trench see Pülz 2009, 152, plan 1). The beginning of construction of this temple, in the second quarter of the 6th century BC (see above, No. 22), provides a terminus ante quem for No. 141. But neither the stratigraphic evidence nor the pottery from this trench have yet been studied in detail. For a general account on the stratigraphy of this area, see Weissl 2002, 333–344, fig. 13.

Appliqués with these bow coils are common among the dedications at the Artemision at Ephesus, and also among the grave goods from the Lydian Treasure, for instance Nos. 179 and 183.

Discussed
Kerschner, “Lydians and Ionians”
Bibliography
Pülz and Bühler 2006, 224 (5. Variante); Pülz 2009, 293, no. 343, pl. 31, colorpl. 19. (Yürük-Planken 2008, 149, cat. no. 74 indicates the same inventory numbers as No. 141 and gives a correct description of the object [with minor variation in the measurements], but illustrates another piece, namely Yürük-Planken 2008, 149, cat. no. 73 = Pülz 2009, 290, cat. no. 330, pl. 30, colorpl. 19).
Author
MK, NDC