• latw-101-10
    Bird bowl. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-101-15
    Bird bowl. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-101-20
    Bird bowl. Profile view of side without bird. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Bird bowl

Date
Seventh century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7460
Inventory No.
7460
Sardis CATNUM
P65.161
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Bird Bowl
Pottery Ware
East Greek
Site
Sardis
Sector
HoB
Trench
HoB
Description
Bird bowl. Low ring foot, bowl with rounded profile, lightly nicked rim. Handles restored. Hatched bird in metope, flanked by hatched diamonds in metopes. Mended from fragments; parts of body and both handles restored. Height 0.060 m, diameter 0.125 m.
Comments
A common type of Ionian pottery in the eighth and seventh centuries BC, bird bowls (which are probably drinking cups) are found widely distributed through the Aegean and western Anatolia. Chemical analysis of the clay suggests that most were made at a single location in North Ionia (rather than Rhodes, as was previously believed), but the spot has yet to be identified (Kerschner et al. 1997; Kerschner 2003, 52-54). Fragments are relatively common in strata of the seventh century BC at Sardis; this is one of the few more or less complete examples. The type was succeeded by rosette bowls, such as No. 150.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”
Bibliography
Author
NDC