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This area allows you to search for and learn about artifacts published by the Sardis Expedition. Currently (2017) the database consists of artifacts in the exhibition and catalog “The Lydians and Their World” (Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul, 2010). In coming months we intend to add objects from all Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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  • Silver Ram Pendant
    Silver Ram Pendant

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Early Bronze Age, ca. 2500-2000 BC (Early Bronze Age)

    Pendant in form of a ram. Elongated cylindrical body perforated just above stumps of forelegs. Cylindrical neck at oblique angle to body. Small head with rounded nose; horns in relief curve back and around on either side of head. Tiny tail points ...

  • Marble Stele of Atrastas
    Marble Stele of Atrastas

    Sculpture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    520-500 BC (Hanfmann); fourth century BC (Bossert) (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Stele of white marble. Above, relief showing a man seated on a stool at a table, behind him an indistinct form that has been variously identified (standing child, Bossert; foreparts of a dog, Hanfmann). The man either has a disproportionately long...

  • Corinthian aryballos
    Corinthian aryballos

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 590-550 BC (Middle Corinthian or later) (Lydian)

    Round Corinthian aryballos with quatrefoil decoration. Globular body with slightly flattened bottom. Very low neck, wide horizontal everted lip with narrow mouth. Carefully drawn rosette around mouth. Rim crosshatched. Handle decorated with wavy l...

  • Attic black-figure Merrythought cup
    Attic black-figure Merrythought cup

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black figure cup with deep bowl, high “wishbone” handles. Side A: battle over a fallen warrior, with two nude figures bearing away the corpse; Ramage suggests that the nude figures might represent Sleep and Death, rather than mortal combatan...

  • Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish
    Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain rim; flaring base; plain stem (Gordion inv. no. 10983 P4495 +10938 P4482). Clay very pale brown (10 YR 7/4). Decoration yellowish red (5 YR 5/8) to red (2.5 YR 4/8), and in reddish black (2.5 YR 2.5/1). Interior: creamy-white slipped, top to...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 550-520 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Intact, chips off rim and foot (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 2387 P752). Surface badly worn. Fabric not too fine, sturdy but friable, micaceous; fired light pink. White slip on lip and shoulder. Brick red-to-brown sepia slip (slightly metallic in pla...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is of 1.5-mm wire. Thinner wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop w...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Blue chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with a portion of a silver mounting consisting of a flat silver strip and the pin running through the stone. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a winged, horned lion-griffin walking right on...

  • Electrum earring with double-axe decoration
    Electrum earring with double-axe decoration

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Second half of the 7th or beginning of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Electrum boat-shaped earring, decorated with beaded wire along sides, with four groups of three wires, crimped to resemble granulation, dividing the exterior into three panels. In panels, double-axes decorated with granulation. One double-axe miss...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late seventh century or beginning of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Small gold foil appliqué. Raised central boss, surrounded by four raised, lightly segmented bow coils (Schalenspiralen), with rings at the apices. Volutes and rings pierced for attachment. Probably formed using a positive mold, as the details are ...

  • Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus
    Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late seventh or early sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver pin with hollow teardrop-shaped head, divided into four sections by vertical rows of beaded wire (perhaps masking seams in the head), with ring of beaded wire at the tip (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K366). Flaring disk between pin ...

  • Skyphos with orientalizing decoration
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Foot restored. Decoration like No. 147. Height of bowl 0.122 m, diameter of mouth 0.145 m.

  • Band cup
    Band cup

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Foot restored. Outside, dark slip on handles and body except for reserve bands as follows: narrow at base of lip, broad in handle zone, narrow on lower body. Inside, dark slip except for narrow reserve band below rim. Height of ...

  • Gold melon bead
    Gold melon bead

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Spherical form perforated with central hole. Outer surface articulated with curving, melon-like segments, which terminate at the hole mouths. Granulation in single rows between segments and in double rings around hole mouths. Height 0.0095 m, weig...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow bowl is fairly flat at the bottom and is hammered in one piece with the hexagonal stem, to the top of which is soldered a loop. The top of the handle is elaborately ornamented, the loop mounted on a quatrefoil lotus above a profiled mo...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow bowl has thick walls and is flat at the bottom. The stem, of round section, is formed in one with the bowl. Soldered to the top is a plain vertical ring, its orientation the same as that of the bowl ...

  • Electrum recumbent animal
    Electrum recumbent animal

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The animal is shown lying right, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. It has a flat oval base edged with beaded wire. It can be seen clearly that the animal was made in two halves, with the edge of the back half overlapping the fron...

  • Gold recumbent ram
    Gold recumbent ram

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The ram is shown lying left, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. The animal is formed in one piece with an oval base of small dimensions. Both body and base are punched with dotted circles, and the hatching on the bead is bordered ...

  • Achaemenid bowl
    Achaemenid bowl

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Undecorated silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring rim, shallow body, central omphalos. Height 0.062 m, diameter 0.133 m.

  • Gold recumbent lamb
    Gold recumbent lamb

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Early fifth century BC? (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The ram is shown lying left with head facing. The body is stamped with dot-in-circles. Divided hoofs and their differentiation from lower legs are articulated by indentations. A row of granulation granules or beaded wire encircles the base. Height...

  • Lekythos
    Lekythos

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot, tall body, broad outwardly thickened rim. Vertical oval handle going from neck to shoulder. Unpainted. Height 0.194 m, diameter 0.069 m.

  • Two iron pins with rams’ heads
    Two iron pins with rams’ heads

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Two iron pins with decorative bronze rams’ heads. Flange at base of bronze head. Heads are triangular in shape, with horns curving behind ears.

  • Skull and right forearm from the skeleton of a young man
    Skull and right forearm from the skeleton of a young man

    Miscellaneous

    Bone

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Skull and right arm from the skeleton of a young man, probably a soldier who died in the Persian sack of Sardis. The skeleton was complete except for part of the pelvis; only selected parts are displayed here. It belonged to a young man, estimated...

  • Iron sickle
    Iron sickle

    Metalwork

    Iron

    Ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Iron. Adhering to the blade is part of an iron sieve or filter. Blade and “wrap-around” handle socket were made together. Preserved length 0.27 m, maximum width 0.035 m (blade length 0.22 m; handle socket length 0.05 m).

  • Hellenistic black-glaze amphora
    Hellenistic black-glaze amphora

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late Hellenistic (Hellenistic)

    Pottery, broken, mended, partly restored. Handles in the form of standing ithyphallic satyrs (facing outward, i.e. away from the vase). On the lower body, below each handle, a spout in the form of a mask or lion head. On exterior and interior of n...