• latw-190-1
    Objects, probably from destroyed tumulus at Gökçeler. (Photograph by Christopher Roosevelt)

Achaemenid bowl

Date
Probably early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 4615
Inventory No.
4615
Material
Silver
Object Type
Metalwork
Metalwork Type
Metal Vessel
Site
Gökçeler?
Description
Undecorated silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring rim, shallow body, central omphalos. Height 0.062 m, diameter 0.133 m.
Comments
Similar to, but plainer than, No. 189, this example has a central omphalos, or raised “navel” in the center of the bowl, relating it to the earlier omphalos phiale, a shape widespread in the Greek, Anatolian, and Near Eastern worlds as early as the ninth century.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Özkan 1991, 132, no. 2; Dedeoğlu 2003, 75, fig.; Roosevelt 2003, 556, 673; Roosevelt 2009, 241-2; forthcoming study by C.H. Roosevelt.
Author
NDC