• latw-102-10
    Attic Black-Figure cup from Sardis: band skyphos No. 102. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
  • latw-102-20
    Attic Black-Figure band skyphos (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Attic black-figure band skyphos

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 6548
Inventory No.
6548
Sardis CATNUM
P84.057
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Band Skyphos
Pottery Ware
Attic Black Figure
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 84.1
Locus
MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34
Description
Attic black-figured band skyphos. Wide low flaring foot. Deep body, slightly inset, flaring lip with sharp transitional ridge on interior. Two horizontal handles. In band, side A: two neatly drawn confronting panthers, framed by palmettes. In band, side B: similar, but only lower portions of palmettes and panthers preserved. Reserved band on lower body. Mended from fragments, missing part of upper body on one side. Attributed to Group of Louvre CP10252 by J.T. Haldenstein. Height 0.096 m, diameter of rim 0.141 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house (Area 1, with 16, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 75, 81, 87, 88, 96, 97, 100, 103, 137, 138), together with another Attic black-figure cup, No. 103. These two complete and closely datable cups, this one not much earlier than the mid-sixth century, the other not much later, are among the best evidence for the date of the destruction of the houses, and hence of the fortification, which was destroyed at the same time, and the identification of this destruction level as the capture of Sardis by Cyrus of Persia (see Cahill, “The Persian Sack of Sardis”). Athenian pottery had begun to be imported to Sardis only about a generation before the cup was made.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Ramage 1986; Greenewalt et al. 1988, 28, n. 17, fig. 13; Schaeffer et al. 1997, Att. 85; Dedeoğlu 2003, 30, fig.; Cahill and Kroll 2005, 599, no. 2, fig. 15b.
Author
NDC