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    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate. Overview. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate. Overview from above. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate. Detail of edge. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate. Side view. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Jasper (Chalcedony) plate

Date
Second half of sixth or early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Ankara, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, 75.10.66
Inventory No.
75.10.66
Material
Chalcedony, Stone
Object Type
Stone Vessel
Site
Ikiztepe Tumulus
Description
Shallow plate or dish of creamy jasper, with red and brown veins. Wide, flat bottom, carinated body, horizontal rim. Diameter 0.145, height 0.03.
Comments
From the Ikiztepe Tumulus (see Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”). Plates and dishes of colorful jasper were prized by the elite of the Lydian and Persian periods. Most examples are of Persian date, such as the very similar examples, also of cream jasper with red veining, found in the treasury at the Persian capital of Persepolis (Schmidt 1957, pl. 57, nos. 5–7; pl. 59, no. 3; pl. 62, nos. 5, 9, 11; Curtis and Tallis 2005, no. 146), at the satrapal center of Daskyleion (Özdemir 2007), and elsewhere. At Sardis, many fragments of jasper, probably debris from a workshop, were found in the Lydian period fill of the terrace at sector ByzFort (Cahill, “City of Sardis”), showing that the tradition of jasper working goes back to the period of the Lydian empire.
Discussed
Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”
Bibliography
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 85.
Author
NDC