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    One of a pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins

Late 6th or early 5th c BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.149-150.96
Museum Inventory No.
Sardis or Museum Inv. No.
Uşak 1.149-150.96
Object Type
Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments
Metalwork Type
The two pins are virtually identical. The head has an abstracted pomegranate form, divided into six convex segments which are alternately plain and horizontally ribbed an separated by beaded wire. At the apex is a floret of six half-open petals on a collar with concave profile. The pomegranate rests on an inverted conical base which has rings of beaded wire at top and bottom. On one of the pins the shaft was broken towards the point, apparently during production of the pin, and it was probably never used. On the other the tapering shaft is bent around into a hook, and one petal of the floret is missing. Similar abstracted pomegranate forms were found at Ephesus (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Length of broken pin 0.063 m, height of head 0.029 m, width 0.014 m and 0.015 m; weight 7.95 g and 9.14 g.
From the Lydian Treasure, provenience unknown. For a similar pin from Ephesus, see No. 143.
See Also
Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Kerschner, “Lydians and Ionians”; Meriçboyu, “Lydian Jewelry”.
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 169.