• latw-147-1
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-147-2
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Skyphos with orientalizing decoration

Date
Ca. 575-540 BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 2203
Inventory No.
2203
Sardis CATNUM
P61.001a
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Skyphos
Pottery Ware
Lydian Orientalizing
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 61.2
Trench
Tomb 61.2
Locus
Tomb 61.2 Locus 1
Description
Broken and mended. Foot restored. Outside, cream slip over which decoration in dark slip as follows: handle zone, animal frieze (A, two confronted fish; B, three birds to right) with dot and circle filling ornament; below, two registers of voided rays. Inside, dark slip over which narrow bands in white. Height of bowl 0.125 m, diameter of mouth 0.145 m.
Comments
The five pottery vessels Nos. 147-151 and three jewelry items, Nos. 152-154, together with three skyphoi with streaky-glaze decoration (similar to Nos. 77-80), a lekythos-jug, lydion (similar to Nos. 145 and 146), two closed vessels, an alabaster alabastron, many sheep knucklebones (100 intact, 56 fragmentary), and hunks of carbonized wood, were recovered from a schist-lined cist burial in the Great Necropolis of Sardis (Inderesi region; grave 61.2; not shown in Roosevelt 2009, 137 fig. 6.1). The grave had been opened by looters during the winter of 1960-1961, and other items may well have been removed by them. The date of deposit is probably not much earlier than ca. 550 BC (the date assigned to band cups similar to No. 151; Boardman and Hayes 1966, 120). For another grave, located close by, see Nos. 145 and 146.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”; Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”; Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 1972, 118-119, 128-130, no. 4 (with previous bibliography); Dedeoğlu 2003, 25.
Author
CHG