• latw-203-1
    Lekythos. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Lekythos

Date
Probably fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 9033
Inventory No.
9033
Sardis CATNUM
P03.313
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Lekythos
Pottery Ware
Lydian Plainware
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 03.1
Trench
Tomb 03.1
Locus
Tomb 03.1 Locus 1
Description
Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot, tall body, broad outwardly thickened rim. Vertical oval handle going from neck to shoulder. Unpainted. Height 0.194 m, diameter 0.069 m.
Comments
From the same tomb as Nos. 196-205; found near the head of a skeleton, with No. 204. The tomb itself contained seven lekythoi, four at the head of the skeleton on one couch, one near the leg of another skeleton, and two more on the floor below the couches, perhaps rolled off from the foot of a couch (see Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”). Common as Greek grave goods, they probably held oil as an offering to the dead.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 2005, 82-3; forthcoming study by Susanne Ebbinghaus.
Author
NDC