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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (Photograph by Crawford H. Greenewalt, jr.)
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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (Photograph by Crawford H. Greenewalt, jr.)
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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Two iron pins with rams’ heads. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Two iron pins with rams’ heads

Date
Late sixth or early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7143-7144
Inventory No.
7143-7144
Material
Iron, Bronze
Object Type
Metalwork
Metalwork Type
Horsetrapping, Architectural or Structural Fitting
Site
Sardis
Sector
BT
Trench
BT 89.1
Description
Two iron pins with decorative bronze rams’ heads. Flange at base of bronze head. Heads are triangular in shape, with horns curving behind ears.
Comments
Found with Nos. 206-207 and belonging to the same vehicle. The place and function of these elements on the vehicles is uncertain; Kökten compares the painting from Til Barsip, which shows a similar chariot with rams’ heads decorating the ends of the yokes.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Kökten Ersoy 1998, 117, nos. S/B.3-4; Greenewalt et al. 1993, 37; Dedeoğlu 1991; Dedeoğlu 2003, 77.
Author
NDC