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    Orientalizing kantharos. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Orientalizing kantharos

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7431
Inventory No.
7431
Sardis CATNUM
P86.073
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Kantharos
Pottery Ware
Lydian Orientalizing
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 86.1
Locus
MMS-I 86.1 Locus 124
Description
Ceramic kantharos. Flaring ring foot, ovoid lower body with high cylindrical neck and plain slightly everted rim. Two small upswung strap handles. White slip over upper body, dribbled onto lower body. Orange rays pendant from rim; petals pendant from junction between neck and rim. Band below shoulder. Orange slip on interior. Glazed foot. Mended from fragments, almost complete, one handle restored. Height 0.086 m, diameter of rim 0.070 m, diameter of shoulder 0.081 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house (Area 1, with Nos. 16, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 75, 87, 88, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 137, 138). The kantharos, with two vertical handles, is not a common shape in Lydian pottery, and the orientalizing decoration, although simple, marks this piece out as a special item.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1988, 149, n. 19.
Author
NDC