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    Objects, probably from destroyed tumulus at Gökçeler (Photograph by Christopher Roosevelt)

Silver kyathos

Date
Probably early fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 4611
Inventory No.
4611
Material
Silver
Object Type
Metalwork
Metalwork Type
Metal Vessel
Site
Gökçeler?
Description
Silver ladle (kyathos), with shallow bowl, long handle terminating in a loop that ends in a calf’s head.
Comments
Used to dip wine from mixing vessels such as kraters and lebetes (see Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”), ladles form a common part of Lydian and Persian drinking assemblages, as they did in Greece, Etruria, and elsewhere (Moorey 1980). Similar ladles with calf’s-head terminals were found at Sardis (Butler 1922, 83; Waldbaum 1983, no. 965), from the Lydian Treasure, Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 24-26), the child’s sarcophagus from Kızöldün in the Troad (Sevinç et al. 1999), and in other western Anatolian contexts of the Persian period.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Özkan 1991, 132, no. 3; Dedeoğlu 2003, 75, fig.; Roosevelt 2003, 556, 673; Roosevelt 2009, 241-2; forthcoming study by C.H. Roosevelt.
Author
NDC