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The Lydian Treasure


THE STEPPED lids of the incense burners are probably an Achaemenid Persian feature, matched in relief sculptural representations at Persepolis (in the Treasl1ry scene of Darios I and Xerxes). The horizontal fluting on the stand of no. 71 is probably Achaemenid, although such fluting might also be Lydian. The slender articulated stand has general parallels in standing incense burners of Greece, like the bronze examples from Troy and many illustrated in vase painting (including an East Greek black-figure fragment reportedly from Clazomenae on the Ionian coast). The type of incense burner with conical foot may well have a Phoenician origin.

STANDING incense burners were occasional adjuncts of banquets and symposia. Two appear in Assurbanipal's banquet scene on an Assyrian relief from Nineveh.

The presence of nos. 71 and 72 in the Ikiztepe funeral assemblage may be due to the banquet or symposium associations of Anatolian burial (with couches and drinking sets), as illustrated at Karaburun, where the funeral couch is represented as a banquet / symposiurn couch and juxtaposed with a banquet or symposium scene in the wall painting above.


This site prepared by Tayfun Kalyoncu on 28.02.1997 and last updated on 01.05.1999.
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