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The Lydian Treasure



Height 6.3 cm. ; diameter 3.9 cm. ; length of chain 52.9 cm. ; weight 106.96 gr.


The pear-shaped situla has a swivelling omega-shaped bail to which is attached a chain of forty links. The body of the situla is pointed at the bottom and narrows towards the top where it flares slightly into a thickened outturned rim. The rim is hammered higher above the holes for the bail.
The oval links of the chain are pinched together at the centres; an oval ring at one end attaches the chain to the bail and at the other end is a thicker ring of a diameter large enough to fit over a finger. The situla is raised, and the bail is formed from a hammered silver rod.
Van Bothmer remarks on the lack of exact parallels for the situla, the closest in shape being Egyptian situlae.


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