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    Agate pendant. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Agate pendant

Date
First half or middle of the sixth century BC (Meriçboyu), Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.68.96
Inventory No.
1.68.96
Material
Gold, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments
Site
Ikiztepe Tumulus
Description
The agate, with pink, red, and white bands, is worked into a basically barrel-shaped bead that is flat at the bottom. It is perforated lengthwise and suspended on gold wire that is treated in a similar way to those of Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 92, 94 and 95. The thicker central part of the wire is twisted round to form a loop; the attenuated ends pass through the perforation and are spiralled six times around the loop.

A similarly-shaped agate bead from Sardis, dated to 575-540 BC, has a simpler gold wire suspension loop.” Height including suspension loop 0.019 m, height of stone 0.009 m, length 0.025 m, weight 7.19 g.

Comments
From the Ikiztepe Tumulus. Similar to No. 152 from Sardis, of the first half of the sixth century BC.
Discussed
Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Meriçboyu, “Lydian Jewelry”
Bibliography
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 93; Meriçboyu 2001, 58-60.
Author
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