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    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting. View of bottom surface with carved winged figure. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

Date
Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum, 4578
Museum Inventory No.
4578
Sardis or Museum Inv. No.
IAM 4578
Material
Silver, Stone
Object Type
Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal
Site
Sardis
Sector
Nec
Trench
Butler Tomb 348
Locus
Tomb 348 Contents
Description
Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. A rounded silver band forms the suspension. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a scene of heroic control: A winged figure in Persian court robe walks left on a ground line, holding by their tails two lions that turn their snarling heads back over their shoulders. Total height 3.1 cm, height of stone 2.2 cm, length of engraved face 1.6 cm, width 1.15 cm.
Comments
From Sardis, Tomb 348.
See Also
Dusinberre, “Seals”.
Bibliography
Curtis 1925, no. 111.
Author
ED