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    Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı

Date
Ca. 540-520 BC?, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Izmir, Archaeological Museum, 3479
Museum Inventory No.
3479
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Lydion
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Pottery Attribution
Site
Old Smyrna/Bayraklı
Description
Pottery lydion. Fairly tough fabric; micaceous clay. Decoration in white slip and dark slip with metallic sheen: dark slip on neck; white slip over which stripes in dark slip over shoulder to mid-body; dark slip streakily applied over lower body and foot. Height 0.095 m; maximum diameter 0.072 m.
Comments
The shape is transitional between “fat bellied” and “late” examples: the body smaller than the former, the walls of lower body and foot thinner than the latter. The coin hoard No. 32.1-32.2, , 32.3, 32.4-32.6, 32.7-32.20 was found in this lydion.
See Also
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”.
Bibliography
Cook 19581959, 30; Akurgal 1961, 151, 155 fig. 106.
Author
CHG