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    Ten gold appliqués. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Thirty-eight gold appliqués. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Thirty-eight gold appliqués

Date
Late sixth or early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.91.96
Inventory No.
1.91.96
Material
Gold
Object Type
Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments
Metalwork Type
Jewelry
Site
Toptepe Tumulus
Description
Each of the thirty-six square plaques bears an embossed pictorial scene of a raptor swooping down to lower right above a hare running to the right. Around the scene and in the field are rows of tiny raised dots. Below the hare’s body is a horizontal half palmette. The plaques have a raised line border and a perforation at each corner. Hares and raptors are paired on bone bridle ornaments from Middle Phrygian occupation contexts at Gordion, and as devices of Greek coins of Alis and Akragas.” (Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 116). Diameter 0.008 m, weights 0.10 g, 0.11 g, and 0.13, and 0.14 g.
Comments
From the Toptepe Tumulus; a collection of about 109 appliqués, all about 8 mm square and pierced in the four corners. Thirty-six of them show a hare running to escape a raptor; the others are variations of a star-like floral motif.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”; Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Kerschner, “Lydians and Ionians”; Meriçboyu, “Lydian Jewelry”
Bibliography
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 116.
Author
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