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    Gold melon bead. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold melon bead

Date
Ca. 575-540 BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 5268
Inventory No.
5268
Sardis CATNUM
J61.001
Material
Gold
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 61.2
Trench
Tomb 61.2
Locus
Tomb 61.2 Locus 1
Description
Spherical form perforated with central hole. Outer surface articulated with curving, melon-like segments, which terminate at the hole mouths. Granulation in single rows between segments and in double rings around hole mouths. Height 0.0095 m, weight 2.35 g.
Comments
From a schist-lined cist burial in the Great Necropolis of Sardis (Inderesi region; grave 61.2). Recovered from a glass workshop destroyed in the mid sixth century BC at Sardis (see Cahill, “The Persian Sack of Sardis”) were one complete and one fragmentary melon-shaped bead of colored glass, in which each segment (eight in the complete bead) had been individually made in a color that contrasted with those of adjacent segments (Cahill in Greenewalt et al. 1990, 153-154 and fig. 17). For other comparanda, see Greenewalt 1972, 135 n. 35.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 1972, 125, 135 (with previous bibliography); Dedeoğlu 2003, 35, fig.
Author
CHG