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    Gold recumbent ram. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Gold recumbent ram

Late 6th or early 5th c BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.129.96
Museum Inventory No.
Sardis or Museum Inv. No.
Uşak 1.129.96
Object Type
Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments
Metalwork Type
The ram is shown lying left, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. The animal is formed in one piece with an oval base of small dimensions. Both body and base are punched with dotted circles, and the hatching on the bead is bordered at the front by three continuous ridges which curve down in the center. The prominent almond-shaped eyes have a raised outline marked by short engraved lines, giving the impression of eyelashes. The stylized legs are outlined by a notched ridge, and the knee-caps are marked by a raised circle. Around the neck hangs a necklace made of beaded wire with a plain spherical pendant. The oval base is encircled by two narrow lightly beaded ridges. To the back of the figure is attached a molded ring edged with beaded wire (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Height 0.027 m, length 0.025 m, weight 7.68 g.
From the Lydian Treasure, provenience unknown. See No. 184.
See Also
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”; Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Kerschner, “Lydians and Ionians”; Meriçboyu, “Lydian Jewelry”.
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 151; Meriçboyu 2001, 61-63.