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    Attic red-figured askos. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Attic red-figured askos. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Attic red-figured askos

Date
Late fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 9083
Inventory No.
9083
Sardis CATNUM
P03.311
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Askos
Pottery Ware
Attic Red Figure
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 03.1
Trench
Tomb 03.1
Locus
Tomb 03.1 Locus 1
Description
Red-figured shallow askos. Disc foot, slightly projecting from body wall. Low body with shallow dome shape. Flaring spout; outturned rim with rounded lip. Handle from under rim to other side of body. Decoration on upper part of body. On one side, spotted deer facing left, without horns and raised forelegs. On other side, crouching sphinx facing right, with raised left foreleg. Height with handle 0.0667 m, height 0.0275 m, diameter of foot 0.0771 m, maximum diameter 0.0846 m, diameter of rim 0.0294 m.
Comments
From the same tomb as Nos. 196-205; see comment on No. 196. Dated by I. McPhee to “the last quarter of the fifth century (later perhaps rather than earlier)” (personal communication, 2004). The combination of animals in pursuit on the two sides of such askoi is not uncommon in Athenian askoi of the later-fifth century, although the combination of deer and sphinx is unusual.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 2005, 82-3; forthcoming study by Susanne Ebbinghaus.
Author
NDC