• latw-170-10
    Shallow bowl with inscription. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-170-20
    Shallow bowl with inscription. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-170-30
    Shallow bowl with inscription. Detail of inscription. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Shallow bowl with inscription

Date
Late sixth or early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Uşak, Archaeological Museum, 1.9.70
Inventory No.
1.9.70
Material
Silver
Object Type
Metalwork
Metalwork Type
Metal Vessel
Inscription language
Lydian
Inscription Text
MATTVA
Inscription Translation
Mattua
Inscription Comment
Site
Ikiztepe Tumulus
Description
The shallow dish is has a horizontal everted rim, and the bottom is flat, with a centering mark on the floor. On the underside of the bowl is inscribed the word “MATTVA”, written retrograde.

The word “MATTVA” may be Lydian or Greek, and, according to R. Gusmani (personal communication) signifies a place name, documented so far only through the ethnic on two inscriptions from Philadelphia, and the place itself should likely be situated in east Lydia. It is not impossible that the bowl inscription is an indication of the origin of the piece (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Height 0.033 m, diameter 0.179 m, weight 181.55 g.

Comments
From the Ikiztepe Tumulus.
Discussed
Özgen, “Lydian Treasure”; Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Özgen and Öztürk 1996, no. 54.
Author
İÖ