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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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  • 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. 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. ...

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

    Pottery

    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 ha...

  • “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Last quarter of the seventh century BC, deposited around 610 BC (Lydian)

    Slightly curved body fragment of a stemmed dish (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 94 K 142.1). Bichrome decoration precisely painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a thick, creamy white slip of extraordinary smoothness, reminding one...

  • Pair of fluted gold earrings
    Pair of fluted gold earrings

    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...

  • 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 ...

  • Bronze mirror
    Bronze mirror

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    Large bronze mirror. Circular disk with reflecting surfaces on both sides; the surfaces are slightly convex, so the image would be smaller than natural. Border is decorated with geometric designs (on one side, guilloche and triangles; on the other...

  • Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus
    Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus

    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...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late seventh or early sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Gold foil appliqué (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 87/K66). Raised central boss surrounded by lightly segmented ring. Four raised, segmented “bowl spirals;” additional foil left at apices, pierced for attachment. 2.1 x 2.1 cm; thickness of foil...

  • 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, ...

  • Silver omphalos bowl
    Silver omphalos bowl

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The shallow bowl has a straight rim, thickened at the edge, and a large hemispherical omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. On the inner wall are eight evenly spaced horizontal ribs from the omphalos to just below the rim. The outer wal...

  • Silver phiale, with inscription
    Silver phiale, with inscription

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    “The shallow bowl has a sharply flaring offset lip, and a shallow omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. Radiating from an engraved circle around the omphalos are eighty-seven lightly chased tongues, defined around the top by scalloping....

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum third-stater. Obverse: roaring lion head, facing right, with “hairy nose wart.” Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition. Weight 4.75 g, diameter 12 mm.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jewelry form in shape of recumbent ram
    Jewelry form in shape of recumbent ram

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    The former is for the figure of a recumbent young ram, lying left, with head facing. Pointed horns project backwards above tiny ears. The shaft is cylindrical.

    Although these cast bronze formers ...

  • Bronze blowpipe nozzle
    Bronze blowpipe nozzle

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    (Lydian)

    Pipe nozzle made from a sheet of bronze rolled into a tapering tube. “At the wider end of the long, tapering tube is a finely banded outflaring collar, secured to the tube by a rivet at each side” ...

  • 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.

  • Silver kyathos
    Silver kyathos

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    Silver ladle (kyathos), with shallow bowl, long handle terminating in a loop that ends in a calf’s head.

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Round body; short neck, broken; top missing. One of two applied handles preserved in its entirety. Both should have gone vertically from neck to shoulder of vessel. One pres...

  • Sling bullet of Tissaphernes
    Sling bullet of Tissaphernes

    Metalwork

    Lead

    401-395 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Lead, of almond shape. On the longitudinal center of one side, a text of eight legible raised letters in Greek gives ΤΙCCΑΦΕΡ.Ε... Length 36 mm, weight 40.423 g.

  • Hellenistic lamp
    Hellenistic lamp

    Lamp

    Ceramic

    Second to early first century BC (Hellenistic)

    Hellenistic ceramic mold-made lamp. Wheel-made body, concave discus with large central hole, three smaller holes around, probably to allow air to escape while filling the lamp. Handle broken; two knobs on sides of lamp. Flaring nozzle. Thin matte ...

  • Incense shovel with cross
    Incense shovel with cross

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Rectangular bronze scoop, with socket on back for a handle. On the sides are two dolphins with arching tails attached to the scoop by rods round in section. Rising from the tails of the dolphins is an arch framing a cross, forming the back of the ...

  • Bronze lamp in form of lion
    Bronze lamp in form of lion

    Metalwork, Lamp

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Lamp in the form of a lion, striding forward and holding a shell-shaped spout in his open mouth. A hole at the top of the mane, covered by a separately made hinged lid, allowed the lamp to be filled. A ring and loop just in front of the filling ho...