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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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  • Middle Corinthian Round Aryballos
    Middle Corinthian Round 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 Band Skyphos
    Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figured band skyphos. Wide low flaring foot. Deep body, slightly inset, flaring lip with sharp transitional ridge on interior. Two horizontal handles. In band, side A: two neatly drawn confronting panthers, framed by palmettes. In band...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Pottery, broken and badly burnt, repaired (Gordion inv. no. 9P9). Flat rim, outflaring neck, round body, semi-conical foot; slightly lopsided. Clay micaceous, grey-brown at core, reddish near surfaces; friable. The exterior is covered with cream s...

  • 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...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. The mounting is a gold strip terminating on either side with a carefully executed duck’s head with a long broad bill; the ducks’ eyes are shown, and the feathers on the backs of their heads are ...

  • Faience hawk
    Faience hawk

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Faience

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Egyptianizing faience hawk pendant. Hawk sits frontally, with feet and tip of tail on flat rectangular base. Modelling on legs, tail, wings, eyes, and talons. Small ring protrudes from the back. Glazed, color eroded and burned; completely preserve...

  • 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 ...

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC? (Lydian)

    Intact, except for nicks of rim. Form somewhat uneven (small depressions in body surface, undulant rim). Clay pale gray-brown, micaceous. Decoration in dark sepia-brown and, apparently, cream slips. Over rim, inside and outside of neck, lower body...

  • Bowl with spool-shaped attachments and marbled decoration
    Bowl with spool-shaped attachments and marbled decoration

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Outside plastic features include a pair of perforated spool handles, eight vertical lugs (four on either side between handles), narrow band connecting handles and lugs at their mid-point. Height (not including handles) 0.065 m, ...

  • Rosette bowl
    Rosette bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. One handle and rim parts missing. Outside, dark slip over rim, at bottom of bowl, and on foot, and for decoration as follows: in handle zone central dot rosette flanked by stripes; below handle zone, broad band. Inside, dark sli...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Silver strainer
    Silver strainer

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    The strainer has a hemispherical bowl and a broad concave rim. The handle projects at a slight angle. Below a plain zone, the bowl is perforated in a swirling pattern; 21 perforated arcs, curving counterclockwise, radiate from the center on the fl...

  • Silver phiale
    Silver phiale

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    The deep shouldered bowl has an offset lip, outturned at the rim, and a shallow omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. Spaced evenly around the upper zone of the wall are eighteen male heads, and the lower zone is decorated with seventy-...

  • Jasper (Chalcedony) plate
    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate

    Stone Vessel

    Chalcedony, Stone

    Second half of sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Shallow plate or dish of creamy jasper, with red and brown veins. Wide, flat bottom, carinated body, horizontal rim. Diameter 0.145, height 0.03.

  • Bronze incense burner
    Bronze incense burner

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    This incense burner has a long carrying handle which projects horizontally from the cup. The form of the cup resembles that of the incense burners on pedestals, but the base is flat. The conical cover is composed of five tiers, the lowest of which...

  • Pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins
    Pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    The two pins are virtually identical. The head has an abstracted pomegranate form, divided into six convex segments which are alternately plain and horizontally ribbed an separated by beaded wire. At the apex is a floret of six half-open petals on...

  • Pair of boat-shaped earrings
    Pair of boat-shaped earrings

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    The two boat-shaped earrings (sometimes called ‘leech-shaped’) are in the form of a crescent with pointed base and curved pointed corners, one corner tapering sharply into a long fine hook for passing through a pierced ear. Down the center at each...

  • Thirty-eight gold appliqués
    Thirty-eight gold appliqués

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    Each of the thirty-six square plaques bears an embossed pictorial scene of a raptor swooping down to lower right above a hare running to the right. Around the scene and in the field are rows of tiny raised dots. Below the hare’s body is a horizont...

  • 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...

  • Achaemenid bowl
    Achaemenid bowl

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    Silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring offset lip, shallow body, no omphalos. Lower body finely decorated with pointed flutes; shoulder decorated with pendant tongues. Rosette decoration in center. Height 0.053 m, diameter 0.125 m.

  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-twelfth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/L567). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right, with a round “wart” on top of the muzzle; the wisps of the mane pointing downwards. Reverse: incuse punch. Diameter 0....

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

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

    Silver bracelet or armlet with open ends terminating in calves’ heads facing one another. Diameter 0.061 m, thickness of ring 0.004 m.

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

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

    Silver bracelet with open ends terminating in calves’ heads facing one another. Diameter 0.061 m, thickness of ring 0.004 m.

  • Gold seal ring with stone bezel
    Gold seal ring with stone bezel

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

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

    Gold and carnelian (?). The hoop of the ring is round in section and uniform in diameter, and terminates in two lions’ heads with collars. Each collar is formed of a pair of thick gold wires framing a row of large granulation granules. The lions’ ...