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    Lydion. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Lydion

Date
Ca. 575-540 BC?, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 2201
Inventory No.
2201
Sardis CATNUM
P61.008
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Lydion
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 61.1
Trench
Tomb 61.1
Locus
Tomb 61.1 Locus 1
Description
Intact, except for nicks of rim. Form somewhat uneven (small depressions in body surface, undulant rim). Clay pale gray-brown, micaceous. Decoration in dark sepia-brown and, apparently, cream slips. Over rim, inside and outside of neck, lower body, and foot dark slip streakily applied. On shoulder, dark slip applied in narrow spiraling band or narrow parallel bands, apparently over cream slip. Height 0.095 m, maximum diameter 0.92 m.
Comments
The lydion was recovered from a grave in the Great Necropolis of Sardis (Inderesi region, Grave 61.1; not shown in Roosevelt 2009, 137 fig. 6.1), together with No. 146 and a fragmentary lekythos-jug (Greenewalt 1972, 117-118 no. 3, pl. 3 fig. 2). The grave was identified from two schist slabs, perhaps cover slabs for a simple cist grave; the slabs were located 3-4 m north of the grave that contained Nos. 147-154 (grave 61.2).
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”; Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 1972, 116-117, no. 1, 132-134 (with previous bibliography).
Author
CHG