• m10-cor-4-10
    Rim and base sherds. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
  • m10-cor-4-20
    Drawing. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Early Protocorinthian Linear Kotyle Fragments

Date
ca. 720-690 BC, Lydian
Sardis or Museum Inv. No.
P60.107
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Kotyle
Pottery Ware
Early Protocorinthian
Pottery Attribution
Site
Sardis
Sector
PC
Trench
PC
B-Grid Coordinates
*89.00
Findspot
PC Zone 2 in "widespread yellowish soil mixed with charcoal (thatch?)." From an area showing signs of burning.
Description
Early in EPC. Eight fragments from the rim, body, and foot of a small, extremely fine (eggshell) kotyle. One handle stub remains. Exterior: two very thin lines of glaze near the rim. In the handle frieze, a series of vertical lines flanks two sets of opposed triangles (double axes), their points slightly merged. The glaze has been worn away on the triangles, on other portions of the handle frieze, and on parts of the lower body. There are twenty-four very thin, horizontal lines on the body. The lower body is covered with black glaze except for three thin reserved lines near the foot. Interior: black glaze except at the rim, where a single line of glaze breaks the narrow reserved area. Glaze: black, occasionally thinning to dark brown. Clay: hard and fine. Cream-beige. Munsell no. 10 YR 7/3 (very pale brown).The wall is extremely thin and delicate and the workmanship is exceptional. The double-axe motif and the solid glaze of the lower body with its reserved bands are typical of both LG and the early years of EPC (supra, "Kotylai with Linear Decoration," 11). However, the extremely fine wall places this kotyle early in EPC.
Dimensions
P.H. of largest fragment 0.047; P.W. of same, 0.029; Th. 0.0015
Comments
See Also
Bibliography
Published: BASOR 162 (1961) 22, fig. 9 (showing a portion of rim upside down). The other Corinthian material mentioned there is either too worn or too fragmentary to date securely.
Author
JS