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The Lydian Treasure



Height to top of handle 20.7 cm.
diameter of body 11.9 cm.;
diameter of foot 7.3 cm.
weight 876 gr.

Usak Museum

The oinochoe has a trefoil mouth with grooved rim, a short neck, and an ovoid body, angling sharply at the wide shoulder and narrowing towards the flared foot. A rounded ridge decorated with engraved beading encircles the foot near the top, and the same decoration appears around the edge of the foot. The handle, of semicircular section, rises above the level of the rim, a line of beading down the central ridge and the edges. A lion's head, open-mouthed, forms the upper terminal, with a spool-shaped projection at either side, incised at each end with a rosette and edged with beading. The lion's head is in low relief and facial details and curly mane are meticulously engraved. The lower end of the handle takes the form of the foreparts of a panthen in low relief, shown resting its head between outstretched paws. Nose, head and forelegs are dotted, and the pelt is marked by larger punched dots and circles. The individual digits of the paws are particularlv well defined. Between the handle proper and the panther is a collar of three rounded ridges, the uppermost plain, the lower two decorated with beading. The vessel was made in three pieces; body and foot hammered separately, handle cast, and all parts joined by solden

A slightly smaller silver oinochoe (15.5 cm. in height), with ovolo and beaded decoration, has two spool-like embellishments at both ends of the handle, decorated at the ends with rosettes (the oinochoe was on the Munich art market in 1986 together with a silver phiale, ladle and mirror, the group later sold without the mirror). A silver pitcher in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, no. 78.AN.368) also has a spool-like embellishment decorated with rosettes at the upper end of the handle.


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