• latw-33-1
    Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı

Date
Ca. 540-520 BC?, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Izmir, Archaeological Museum, 3479
Inventory No.
3479
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Lydion
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Old Smyrna/Bayraklı
Description
Pottery lydion. Fairly tough fabric; micaceous clay. Decoration in white slip and dark slip with metallic sheen: dark slip on neck; white slip over which stripes in dark slip over shoulder to mid-body; dark slip streakily applied over lower body and foot. Height 0.095 m; maximum diameter 0.072 m.
Comments
The shape is transitional between “fat bellied” and “late” examples: the body smaller than the former, the walls of lower body and foot thinner than the latter. The coin hoard No. 32.1-32.2, , 32.3, 32.4-32.6, 32.7-32.20 was found in this lydion.
Discussed
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”
Bibliography
Cook 19581959, 30; Akurgal 1961, 151, 155 fig. 106.
Author
CHG