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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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  • Grave Stele from Haliller
    Grave Stele from Haliller

    Sculpture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    Shortly after the middle of the fourth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    At the top of the stele, “a local version of an anthemion finial of lyre-volute type. In place of the usual palmette is a schematic rendering of a bird in flight, with splayed wing feathers substituting for palmette leaves” ...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus
    Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus

    Pottery

    Ceramic

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

    Hemispherical bowl with central boss. Painted in a light to dark brown glaze on a slip, which is thin and reddish brown on the inside and thick and yellowish white on the outside. Interior completely covered with marbling, the marbled central boss...

  • 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...

  • “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second half of the seventh century BC., around 640–620 BC (Lydian)

    Curved body fragment of a thin walled hemispherical bowl (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 88 K 1.1); the central boss (omphalos) and the straight rim are not preserved. Bichrome decoration painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a th...

  • 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...

  • Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

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

    “Pendant (or possibly an ear-ring) of rock crystal, with a gold cap that terminates in a lion’s head holding a ring for suspension in its mouth. The ring is large and is made of a circle of heavy wire, with a beaded ring on either side. At the bas...

  • Conical chalcedony stamp seal
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Chalcedony, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Small chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, missing any mounting. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio with a heroic combat scene: The hero stands at right on a groundline, wearing Persian court robe and a crenellated crown, holding a short sword ...

  • Relief from Gökçeler
    Relief from Gökçeler

    Sculpture

    Limestone, Stone

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

    “Brownish yellow chalky limestone. Figure stands on a 0.18 m high plinth to left in a long-sleeved, knee-length tunic and sandals, holding a flower bud forward in right hand and a bird at side in left hand. Hair in tight curls. Lips and eyes aroun...