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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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  • 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...

  • Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus
    Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late seventh or early sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver pin with hollow teardrop-shaped head, divided into four sections by vertical rows of beaded wire (perhaps masking seams in the head), with ring of beaded wire at the tip (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K366). Flaring disk between pin ...

  • Boat-shaped earring from Ephesus
    Boat-shaped earring from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    (Lydian)

    Gold boat-shaped earring, with swelling crescent body, wire on one end to pass through pierced ear. Width 1.25 cm, height 1.4 cm, weight 2.6 g.

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC? (Lydian)

    Intact, except for nicks of rim. Form somewhat uneven (small depressions in body surface, undulant rim). Clay pale gray-brown, micaceous. Decoration in dark sepia-brown and, apparently, cream slips. Over rim, inside and outside of neck, lower body...

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    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, ...

  • Skyphos with orientalizing decoration
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Foot restored. Outside, cream slip over which decoration in dark slip as follows: handle zone, animal frieze (A, two confronted fish; B, three birds to right) with dot and circle filling ornament; below, two registers of voided ...

  • Skyphos with orientalizing decoration
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Foot restored. Decoration like No. 147. Height of bowl 0.122 m, diameter of mouth 0.145 m.

  • 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, ...

  • Terracotta Bellows Nozzle
    Terracotta Bellows Nozzle

    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 ...

  • Rosette bowl
    Rosette bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. One handle and rim parts missing. Outside, dark slip over rim, at bottom of bowl, and on foot, and for decoration as follows: in handle zone central dot rosette flanked by stripes; below handle zone, broad band. Inside, dark sli...

  • Band cup
    Band cup

    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 ...

  • Onyx pendant on gold wire
    Onyx pendant on gold wire

    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.