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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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  • Bronze blowpipe nozzle
    Bronze blowpipe nozzle

    LATW Cat. 188

    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” (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Length 0.465 m, diameter of ...

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    LATW Cat. 192

    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

    LATW Cat. 193

    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 recumbent lamb
    Gold recumbent lamb

    LATW Cat. 194

    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 2....

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

    LATW Cat. 195

    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’ hea...

  • Core-formed glass oinochoe
    Core-formed glass oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 196

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Oinochoe of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Flat disc foot, partially missing, shows trail decoration in light blue. Ovoid body, short neck, rounded rim pinched into trefoil mouth with applied trail of light-blue glass on...

  • Small bowl
    Small bowl

    LATW Cat. 201

    Pottery

    Ceramic

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

    Small echinoid black-slipped bowl. Vertical ring foot, rounded lip angled inward. Interior center stamped with circle surrounded by 13 carelessly stamped eggs/tongues and four palmettes. Intact, worn. Height 0.0214 m, diameter 0.0556 m.

  • Lekythos
    Lekythos

    LATW Cat. 202

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot. Rim missing. Small knobs on each side of shoulder; between, handle scar. Unpainted. Preserved height 0.1378 m, diameter 0.0806 m.

  • Alabaster alabastron
    Alabaster alabastron

    LATW Cat. 205

    Stone Vessel

    Alabaster, Stone

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Calcite (Egyptian alabaster) alabastron. Elongated ovoid body with round bottom; horizontal rim with rounded lip. Two small lug handles below rim. Mended from fragments, a few fragments missing. Fine lathe marks over interior and exterior surfaces. H...

  • Iron helmet trimmed with bronze
    Iron helmet trimmed with bronze

    LATW Cat. 211

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

    ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Fragments of a helmet including skull-piece with scalloped brow, two cheek-pieces (only the more complete exhibited), and neck guard, all once iron, now mostly corrosion products; trim consisting of bronze (and some iron) cords and multi-part bronze ...

  • Iron sickle
    Iron sickle

    LATW Cat. 213

    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).

  • Sling bullet of Tissaphernes
    Sling bullet of Tissaphernes

    LATW Cat. 215

    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.

  • Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription
    Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription

    LATW Cat. 22

    Coin, Inscription

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-third stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K345). Obverse: boar head facing left. At the left of the head are the Lydian letters of a partially preserved name, ...]L?ATE[..., and the tip of the snout and tusk of a...

  • Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl
    Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 226

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth century AD (Byzantine)

    Fragments from the center of a bowl. Interior, pale yellow glaze with fine sgraffito decoration in brown. Surrounding a plain center is a border, framed by two narrow bands, which features a pattern of two continuous curvilinear ribbons, one of swage...

  • Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl
    Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl

    LATW Cat. 229

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late-fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragment of thickly potted “Miletus” ware bowl with low, flaring foot ring and high, concave sides; rim missing. Body of coarse, porous, pink (Munsell 7.5YR 7/4) earthenware with white slip on interior and on exterior to two cm. above the foot ring. ...

  • Ritual Dinner Iron Knife
    Ritual Dinner Iron Knife

    LATW Cat. 46

    Metalwork

    Iron

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Iron. Blade and tang. Stoney accretions on blade. On tang, orange powdery substance with wood-like grain.

  • Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a wild goat, unfinished
    Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a wild goat, unfinished

    LATW Cat. 49

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Ca. 580-540 BC (Lydian)

    Bronze (for the composition, Waldbaum 1983b, 67), with many surface pocks of irregular form. Solid cast. The front side shows recumbent wild goat to left, with head reversed, beard curving forward over back and upper haunch, and legs folded underneat...

  • Cutaway-Spouted Jug
    Cutaway-Spouted Jug

    LATW Cat. 5

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 2500-2000 BC (Early Bronze Age)

    Round bottom, slightly globular body. Offset neck high and straight (almost vertical) in front, short and curved in back, with mouth at steep angle. Oval section handle attached via tenon. Tiny (0.0035 m) hole below right rear lug. Three pellets arou...

  • Cooking pot lid
    Cooking pot lid

    LATW Cat. 64

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Flat profile, with flaring knob handle. Part of circumference cut away to provide space for cooking pot handle. Intact. Height 0.054, diameter 0.200.

  • Coarse bowl
    Coarse bowl

    LATW Cat. 66

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain coarse bowl with incurved rim. Irregular string-cut base, gently curving body, slightly ridged, slightly inturned rim. Almost complete, mended. Height 0.085-0.089, diameter of rim 0.132-0.147 m.

  • Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band
    Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band

    LATW Cat. 79

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic skyphos with white bands. Conical foot, gently curving body turning in slightly at top; plain rim. Two horizontal loop handles. Exterior and interior painted with thick glossy slip, with distinct stacking line. No reserved band at handle zone...

  • Orientalizing kantharos
    Orientalizing kantharos

    LATW Cat. 81

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic kantharos. Flaring ring foot, ovoid lower body with high cylindrical neck and plain slightly everted rim. Two small upswung strap handles. White slip over upper body, dribbled onto lower body. Orange rays pendant from rim; petals pendant from...

  • Lydian Silver Twenty-fourth stater
    Lydian Silver Twenty-fourth stater

    M13 Cat. 5.0001

    Coin

    Silver

    ca. 580-547 BC (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion r. confronting head of bull l.; Reverse: Single punch incuse.

  • Hellenistic Bronze/Copper Alloy Half unit of Probably Sardis
    Hellenistic Bronze/Copper Alloy Half unit of Probably Sardis

    M13 Cat. 9.0006

    Coin

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    306 BC - ca. 280 BC? (Hellenistic)

    This coin type: Obverse: Head of Athena in crested helmet r.; Reverse: Forepart of lion r. spearhead below, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ.

  • Hellenistic Bronze/Copper Alloy Unit
    Hellenistic Bronze/Copper Alloy Unit

    M13 Cat. 10.0001

    Coin

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    239 BC - 229 BC (Hellenistic)

    This coin type: Obverse: Macedonian shield, mg. as boss, App. 2; Reverse: Macedonian helmet ΒΑ-ΣΙ.