• latw-74-1
    Oinochoe. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Oinochoe

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 8813
Inventory No.
8813
Sardis CATNUM
P00.015
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Oinochoe
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS/S
Trench
MMS/S 00.1
Locus
MMS/S 00.1 Locus 376
Description
Globular ceramic oinochoe with trefoil rim. Ring foot, globular body, low neck with trefoil rim. Ridge around base of neck. Single rounded handle joins rim horizontally. Entire exterior and interior of neck coated in thin, slightly streaky red slip. Four horizontal white bands at midpoint of body below handle; two bands at bottom of foot. Row of dots on ridge at base of neck. Mended from many fragments, complete. Little worn. Slip darkened on portion exposed to fire in destruction, red on portion facing earth floor, suggesting original color was red before the house burned. Height 0.225 m, diameter of body 0.18 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house destroyed in the mid-sixth century BC (Area 7). Lydian jugs or oinochoai come in many different forms, even in the same houses at the same periods. Two major types in the time of Croesus are this and No. 75, but there are other varieties as well. Compare Nos. 39, 43.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Bon Appetit”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 2002.
Author
NDC