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    Coarse bowl. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Coarse bowl

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7081
Inventory No.
7081
Sardis CATNUM
P84.086
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Coarse Bowl
Pottery Ware
Lydian Plainware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 84.1
Locus
MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34
Description
Plain coarse bowl with incurved rim. Irregular string-cut base, gently curving body, slightly ridged, slightly inturned rim. Almost complete, mended. Height 0.085-0.089, diameter of rim 0.132-0.147 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house destroyed in the mid-sixth century BC (Area 1, with Nos. 16, 62, 64, 65, 68, 72, 73, 75, 81, 87, 88, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 137, 138), together with two cooking pots and stand No. 61, strainer No. 65. This is typical of many very carelessly made bowls found in the Lydian houses. They might have been used for ordinary kitchen uses, but perhaps were containers for purchasing vegetables and other commodities in markets. Unlike most Lydian vases, which are generally very carefully made, these coarse bowls are often very irregular and casually thrown.
Discussed
Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1988, 28, fig. 11.
Author
NDC