- Museum number
- Series: Oxus Treasure
Gold finger-ring: with a large bezel decorated in relief with a coiled figure of a lion, the legs of which extend around the hoop on either side. On the bezel are triangular and crescentic cavities for separate coloured inlays that are now missing. The D-shaped hoop is slightly crushed. Openwork.
- Production date
- 5thC BC-4thC BC (about)
Diameter: 1.70 - 2.30 centimetres (hoop)
Diameter: 2.50 centimetres (bezel)
Weight: 10.50 grammes
Weight: 167 grains
- Curator's comments
- The twisting and distorting of animals into impossible circular shapes is a characteristic feature of Scythian art, whose influence may be detected here. Related to Scythian "Animal Style".
- On display (G52/dc3)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/29b
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec BM, G49/IRAN/29b
1989 Temporary display, BM, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case
1931-ca 1939 BM, Room 20: Persian Room
1923-1931 BM, King Edward VII Building: Franks Display,
1900- BM, Gold Ornament Room
- Hoop slightly crushed
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AF.46
Miscellaneous number: OT 111 (catalogue no)