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This area allows you to search for and learn about artifacts published by the Sardis Expedition. Currently (2020) the database consists of artifacts in the exhibition and catalog “The Lydians and Their World” (Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul, 2010) and Jane Evans, Coins from the Excavations at Sardis: Their Archaeological and Economic Contexts. Coins from the 1973 to 2013 Excavations. In coming years we intend to add objects from other Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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  • Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration
    Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration

    LATW Cat. 108

    Pottery

    Ceramic

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

    Marbled omphalos phiale. Less than half preserved; restored from fragments; parts of omphalos survive. Deep, hemispherical bowl. Fabric hard, fine, slightly micaceous; fired red-brown to milky brick red. Inside and out, cream-white slip, thinly appli...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 109

    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 slip...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 110

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-540 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Intact except for chips from rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 1573 P490). Fabric fairly hard, fine, non-micaceous; fired light tan-pink. Red-brown slip streakily applied over lip, neck (outside and partly inside), mid body, lower body, and foot; the sa...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 112

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 500-450 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Complete, mended from two pieces, chips off rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 497 P144). Clay fired reddish buff. Reddish slip applied over lip, rim, and neck; the same slip is applied in a broad spiral band over the reserve surface of the shoulder. Hei...

  • Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus
    Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus

    LATW Cat. 114

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Second to third quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Hemispherical bowl, which originally had a boss in its center. Painted in a reddish brown to black glaze on a thin slip yellowish to light brown hue. Both sides are completely covered with marbling, consisting of adjacent stripes. Approximately half ...

  • Pair of fluted gold earrings
    Pair of fluted gold earrings

    LATW Cat. 117

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    First half of the fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Two almost circular gold earrings. “The body is hollow and nearly cylindrical in cross section. The outer portion has a rounded profile, with 38 radiating ribs. The inner section is undecorated and terminates in a sharp edge within. On each of the fl...

  • Weight-shaped seal
    Weight-shaped seal

    LATW Cat. 120

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, perforated but missing its mounting. The bottom surface is carved in intaglio with a figure wearing Persian court garb and a crenellated crown sitting on a throne, with an elaborate stretcher between the legs and a curve...

  • Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting
    Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting

    LATW Cat. 121

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, with corroded silver mounting of heavy wire forming a large ring (1.1 cm outside diameter) from which extend two wires clasping the sides of the stone and terminating in thickened swellings at the point where a pin runs...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 123

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring with a heavy hoop, much thicker at the ends, where it joins the broad, flat, oval gold bezel. The bezel is carved in intaglio with an open-mouthed lion walking right on a ground line, its tail extending behind with the end bent up and ...

  • Cylinder seal
    Cylinder seal

    LATW Cat. 128

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate cylinder seal in a gold mounting consisting of a pin held in place by two gold plates, with a gold loop on top set with granulations. The seal shows a crowned hero-king figure controlling two rampant lion-griffins, with two winged, crowned sphi...

  • Gold fabric appliqués and ornaments from near Kendirlik
    Gold fabric appliqués and ornaments from near Kendirlik

    LATW Cat. 133

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Collection of gold ornaments and jewelry, belonging to one or more fabric items. According to Roosevelt (Roosevelt 2003, 632): “eight fragments probably belonging to various items of jewelry (two small pins or pegs with spherical heads (MM6283), two ...

  • Gold rattle
    Gold rattle

    LATW Cat. 135

    Metalwork

    Gold

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

    Hollow gold spool-shaped rattle. Cylinder, concave in profile, capped at either end by slightly convex disks. Disks are decorated with concentric circles of fine gold wire. A narrow gold cylinder forms a central tube, opening through holes in the dis...

  • Ivory disk earring
    Ivory disk earring

    LATW Cat. 137

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Ivory

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Flat disc, pierced at center. Front side carefully decorated with an incised 18-petalled rosette, surrounded by panels with dots in centers, separated by double lines. Reverse plain, smoothly finished. Broken and mended, almost complete. Diameter 0.0...

  • Faience hawk
    Faience hawk

    LATW Cat. 138

    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 preserved; ...

  • Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus
    Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 140

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 7th or early 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Tiny gold recumbent lamb, with head turned to side, resting on low base (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 87/K262). Simplified representation, with short snout, ears flattened to head eyes indicated by raised dots. Hollow, made from two pieces of go...

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    LATW Cat. 146

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC? (Lydian)

    Intact except for nicks off rim, flakes off body. Body horizontally fluted/faceted. Surface, especially body and rim, somewhat worn. Clay orange-tan, micaceous. Decoration in thin brown slip; on rim and inside of neck, streakily applied; on body, eit...

  • Terracotta Bellows Nozzle
    Terracotta Bellows Nozzle

    LATW Cat. 15

    Miscellaneous

    Terracotta

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Terracotta nozzle of coarse clay. “Four joining pieces forming complete squarish outer and round inner section of a flat-faced tapering nozzle. Intense heating has melted away some of the tip, which is grossly misshapen with bits of vitrification adh...

  • Band cup
    Band cup

    LATW Cat. 151

    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 bow...

  • Onyx pendant on gold wire
    Onyx pendant on gold wire

    LATW Cat. 152

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Barrel-shaped bead longitudinally perforated with central hole. Wire passes through perforation and around the outside, closely following the bead contour; and makes a small loop rising from the bead midway between the two ends. Length 0.028 m.

  • Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
    Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 156

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The jug has a trefoil mouth, cylindrical neck, squat spherical body and a flared foot. The jug proper is made in three parts: mouth, neck, and shoulder; body, and foot. The shoulder overlaps and is soldered to the upper curve of the body; the foot is...

  • Bronze bowl with rim bands and swivelling ring handles
    Bronze bowl with rim bands and swivelling ring handles

    LATW Cat. 158

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    “The broad shallow bowl has a slightly thickened rim and flat bottom. At opposite sides of the bowl are two three-quarter bolsters with finely ridged ends and central molding, attached below the rim by two rivets from inside. The attenuated ends of a...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    LATW Cat. 164

    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 moldi...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    LATW Cat. 165

    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 (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Height 0.198 m...

  • Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe
    Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe

    LATW Cat. 175

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone, Glass

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

    The necklace is composed of twenty floral beads and eighteen plain beads with acorn pendents. Each floral bead is decorated with two six-petal rosettes that radiate from perforations at opposite ends of the bead and make contact at the petal tips. Th...

  • Agate pendant
    Agate pendant

    LATW Cat. 178

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

    First half or middle of the sixth century BC (Meriçboyu) (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The agate, with pink, red, and white bands, is worked into a basically barrel-shaped bead that is flat at the bottom. It is perforated lengthwise and suspended on gold wire that is treated in a similar way to those of Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 92, ...