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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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  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Blue chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with a portion of a silver mounting consisting of a flat silver strip and the pin running through the stone. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a winged, horned lion-griffin walking right on...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with corroded silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion-griffin walking right” (Dusinberre). Total...

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

    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...

  • Bronze mirror
    Bronze mirror

    Metalwork

    Bronze

    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 rattle
    Gold rattle

    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 ...

  • Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb
    Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Recumbent lamb with legs folded under body, head turned to side. Hair stippled on top of head; eyes, mouth, and tail incised. Flat base made separately. Lamb solid-cast; wire made separately and probably fastened to back by soldering. Maximum heig...

  • Ivory disk earring
    Ivory disk earring

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • Electrum earring with double-axe decoration
    Electrum earring with double-axe decoration

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Second half of the 7th or beginning of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Electrum boat-shaped earring, decorated with beaded wire along sides, with four groups of three wires, crimped to resemble granulation, dividing the exterior into three panels. In panels, double-axes decorated with granulation. One double-axe miss...

  • Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North
    Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North

    Sculpture

    Sandstone, Stone

    Ca. 570-560 BC (Lydian)

    Sandstone lion sculpture from SW corner of the altar at PN. “Very crumbly, broken in two parts, about two thirds of forepart of head broken off... but right eye preserved. Mouth preserved only at sides...” (Hanfmann and Ramage). Height 0.405 m, le...

  • 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 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 ...