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    Ivory Head. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Ivory Head

Date
Sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4657
Inventory No.
4657
Material
Ivory
Object Type
Bone and Ivory, Sculpture
Sculpture Type
Human Figure
Site
Sardis
Description
“Above the forehead and back of the head are flat surfaces…On each cheek is a horizontal crescent-shaped depression, and below the lower lip is still another depression.…The ears are large and fully modeled. Attached to each is a large circular ear-ring 1 cm in diameter carved in the ivory…Through the neck and back of the head is a vertical perforation 7.5 mm in diameter” (Curtis 1925, 35). Height 0.041 m.
Comments
Recovered in 1913 by the Butler Expedition, from the South Necropolis of Sardis, Tomb S1, described and illustrated in plan in Butler 1922, 140-141, 162, 164 and Ill. 182 on p. 163. Five items from the tomb besides the ivory head are recorded in notes by G. H. Chase: two items of bronze, an Attic (?) red-figure pyxis (with sole of foot or fish on the cover); stone “hone” (i.e., whetstone ?).
Discussed
Dusinberre, “Ivories”; Greenewalt, “Introduction”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”; Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Butler 1922, 140-141, ill. 156 on p. 141; Curtis 1925, 35, no. 87; Barnett 1948, 18 and 23, fig. 20; Akurgal 1961, 156, 159, pl. VII a-b; Meriçboyu 2001, 50, fig. 3.
Author
CHG