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    Waveline amphora. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Waveline amphora

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7087
Inventory No.
7087
Sardis CATNUM
P84.099
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Amphora
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 84.1
Locus
MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34
Description
Large waveline amphora. Small ring foot, ovoid body, slightly flaring neck with thickened lip. Two handles. Wavy line on neck; two wide diverging bands framing handles; symmetrical S-shaped tendril design on shoulder; wide streaky-glaze band on shoulder and narrower band on lower body. Complete, mended from many fragments. Few traces of wear or use; the vessel was probably close to new when the house was destroyed. Height 0.433 m, diameter of rim 0.243 m, diameter of shoulder 0.435 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house destroyed in the mid-sixth century BC (Area 1, with 16, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68, 73, 75, 81, 87, 88, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 137, 138). The waveline amphora is one of the most common shapes of Lydian vessel and, like the column krater (e.g., No. 73), is probably derived from Greek pottery shapes.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1988, 26-7, fig. 12.
Author
NDC