• latw-92-1
    Stemmed dish with painted decoration. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-92-2
    Drawing of restored stemmed dishes from ByzFort, including Nos. 92-93 (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Stemmed dish with painted decoration

Date
Probably 9th century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7116
Museum Inventory No.
7116
Sardis or Museum Inv. No.
P89.047
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Stemmed Dish
Pottery Ware
Lydian Orientalizing
Pottery Attribution
Site
Sardis
Sector
ByzFort
Trench
ByzFort 89.11/12
Description
Ceramic stemmed dish with painted decoration. Low flaring foot, flat, thick-walled plate with squared rim. Interior decorated in orange on cream slip. Tondo entirely orange, although there is a pattern of abrasion in the shape of an asterisk that probably represents abraded decoration, perhaps originally in cream slip. Tondo framed by four concentric rings, alternately cream and orange; the cream portions are decorated with a running zig-zag pattern in thinned orange glaze. Vertical orange bands on rim. Mended from fragments, restored. Height 0.082 m, diameter 0.358 m.
Comments
From a subterranean “basement” on the summit of the Lydian terrace at sector ByzFort, with No. 93 and other stemmed dishes and jars (see Cahill, “City of Sardis”). They are large, finely made, and lavishly painted. The contrast with the later and plainer examples from ordinary houses, Nos. 82, 83, and 84, is striking. The date of these plates is still uncertain, but Cahill believes they are 9th c BC.
See Also
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”.
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1990, 160, n. 42; Greenewalt et al. 1993, 29, fig. 26.
Author
NDC