• latw-177-10
    Pyramidal stamp seal pendant. View of bottom surface with carved griffins. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-177-20
    Pyramidal stamp seal pendant. View of bottom surface with carved griffins. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-177-30
    Pyramidal stamp seal pendant. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Pyramidal stamp seal pendant

Date
First half or middle of the sixth century BC (Meriçboyu), Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.70.96
Inventory No.
1.70.96
Material
Gold, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Ikiztepe Tumulus
Description
The device on the base of the stone shows a pair of single-horned Achaemenian winged griffins, seated and confronted with front paws, one raised, touching. The stone is horizontally perforated at the top, suspended on gold wire that is thick in the middle and attenuated at the ends. The thick part is twisted into a loop, and each end passes through the perforation and is wound around the opposite side of the loop, like the wires of Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 92, 93, and 94. Height including suspension loop 0.023 m, width at base 0.016 m, weight 7.73 g.
Comments
From the Ikiztepe Tumulus. Dated by Meriçboyu to the Lydian rather than the Persian period, because it is different in form from the usual, eight-sided stamp seals of the Persian period found at Sardis.
Discussed
Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Dusinberre, “Seals”; Meriçboyu, “Lydian Jewelry”
Bibliography
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 95; Meriçboyu 2001, 58-60.
Author
İÖ