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    Ritual Dinner jug. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Ritual Dinner Jug

Date
Ca. 575-525 BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 2177
Inventory No.
2177
Sardis CATNUM
P61.403
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Jug
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
HoB
Trench
HoB
Locus
HoB Locus cd10
Description
Intact except for small rim parts. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous, friable. Outside, highly micaceous yellowish slip. Height (without handle) 0.1245 m, maximum diameter 0.102 m. Volume capacity to lip 1310 cc.
Comments
Nos. 39-41, together with bones recovered in No. 38 and an iron knife (Sardis Expedition inventory no. M61.081; broken) belong to a puppy dinner assemblage (Greenewalt 1978 , no. 10) recovered from an extramural occupation quarter at Sardis (excavation sector HoB), located between ca. 30 to 70 m outside the western lower city defenses; see Greenewalt, “Gods of Lydia.” No. 38, like the majority of ritual dinner jugs that have been recovered, including No. 42, has the fabric of ordinary crockery, and lacks the gritty composition of cooking ware.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”; Greenewalt, “Gods of Lydia”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 1978b, 62, no. cd 10.1.
Author
CHG