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    Lydion (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Lydion

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 6427
Inventory No.
6427
Sardis CATNUM
P85.022
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Lydion
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 85.1
Locus
MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34
Description
Horizontally ridged lydion, with conical foot, globular body, wide flaring neck, horizontally everted rim. Painted with slightly streaky slip; burned, and original color uncertain. Intact. Height 0.074 m, diameter 0.061 m.
Comments
From a Lydian house destroyed in the mid-sixth century (Area 1, with Nos. 16, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 75, 81, 87, 88, 97, 100, 102, 103, 137, 138), in a cluster together with Corinthian aryballos No. 100, lydion No. 97, other perfume containers, including two other lydions, another miniature vase, probably local, jewelry, and other artifacts (see Cahill, “City of Sardis”).
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1988, 68, n. 14, figs. 10, 14-15.
Author
NDC