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    Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake.” (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake”

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7364
Inventory No.
7364
Sardis CATNUM
P87.020
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Stemmed Dish
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 86.1
Locus
MMS-I 86.1 Locus 124
Description
Ceramic stemmed dish with flaring foot, plain stem, relatively flat plate with upturned lip. Thick slip on interior, orange on one side, fired or burned differently on other side to a streaky orange-brown. Four sets of black spirals on the interior of plate. Graffito on interior resembling a snake, with loop on right and wiggly body. Complete, mended from 10 fragments. Height 0.089 m, diameter of rim 0.218 m.
Comments
From kitchen of a Lydian house (Area 3, with Nos. 61, 63, 78, 80, 82, 84, 85, 86), in a pile of 23 almost identical stemmed dishes, including Nos. 82, 84, and 85. This graffito is found on two other dishes from this group, No. 84 and another (Manisa 7382, illustrated in Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”). Although similar, the graffiti are in different “handwritings,” suggesting that they were incised by different people. Compare the three graffiti on the stemmed dish from Gordion, No. 107.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1990, 149, n. 18, fig. 11; Greenewalt 1991, 15, n. 25, fig. 21; Cahill 2000.
Author
NDC