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This area allows you to search for and learn about artifacts published by the Sardis Expedition. Currently (2020) the database consists of artifacts in the exhibition and catalog “The Lydians and Their World” (Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul, 2010) and Jane Evans, Coins from the Excavations at Sardis: Their Archaeological and Economic Contexts. Coins from the 1973 to 2013 Excavations. In coming years we intend to add objects from other Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 110

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-540 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Intact except for chips from rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 1573 P490). Fabric fairly hard, fine, non-micaceous; fired light tan-pink. Red-brown slip streakily applied over lip, neck (outside and partly inside), mid body, lower body, and foot; the sa...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 123

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring with a heavy hoop, much thicker at the ends, where it joins the broad, flat, oval gold bezel. The bezel is carved in intaglio with an open-mouthed lion walking right on a ground line, its tail extending behind with the end bent up and ...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 124

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is of 1.5-mm wire. Thinner wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop wire...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 125

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. Thin wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop wire on each side. The scarab is ex...

  • Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab
    Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab

    LATW Cat. 126

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is made of gold wire in the form of a horseshoe that terminates in hemispherical knobs. A pin running through the scarab is riveted to the knobs on either side. The scarab is delicat...

  • Silver ring with sealstone
    Silver ring with sealstone

    LATW Cat. 127

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Very heavy silver ring of horseshoe shape with an oval hematite (?) intaglio mounted on a swivel. A silver wire passes through the stone and the thickened ends of the hoop and is wrapped twice on each side. It has a rounded top and flat oval base on ...

  • Cylinder seal
    Cylinder seal

    LATW Cat. 128

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate cylinder seal in a gold mounting consisting of a pin held in place by two gold plates, with a gold loop on top set with granulations. The seal shows a crowned hero-king figure controlling two rampant lion-griffins, with two winged, crowned sphi...

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

    LATW Cat. 132

    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 he...

  • Bronze mirror
    Bronze mirror

    LATW Cat. 134

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    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, g...

  • Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus
    Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 140

    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 go...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 142

    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 ca...

  • Rosette bowl
    Rosette bowl

    LATW Cat. 150

    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 slip o...

  • Touchstone
    Touchstone

    LATW Cat. 16

    Miscellaneous

    Stone

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Bar of very fine black stone, rectangular in section, broken at one end, other end finished. Polished smooth surface, slightly convex. Preserved length 0.052 m, width 0.012 m; thickness 0.010 m.

  • Silver alabastron
    Silver alabastron

    LATW Cat. 161

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The body of the alabastron is divided into alternately decorated and undecorated zones by six ornamental bands. The uppermost band contains evenly spaced circles with central dot, bordered below by a narrower band of hatching. The second band contain...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    LATW Cat. 164

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow bowl is fairly flat at the bottom and is hammered in one piece with the hexagonal stem, to the top of which is soldered a loop. The top of the handle is elaborately ornamented, the loop mounted on a quatrefoil lotus above a profiled moldi...

  • Silver phiale, with inscription
    Silver phiale, with inscription

    LATW Cat. 169

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “The shallow bowl has a sharply flaring offset lip, and a shallow omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. Radiating from an engraved circle around the omphalos are eighty-seven lightly chased tongues, defined around the top by scalloping. Ar...

  • Shallow bowl with inscription
    Shallow bowl with inscription

    LATW Cat. 170

    Metalwork, Inscription

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow dish is has a horizontal everted rim, and the bottom is flat, with a centering mark on the floor. On the underside of the bowl is inscribed the word “MATTVA”, written retrograde.

    The word “MATTVA” may be Lydian or Greek, and, according to...

  • Bronze incense burner
    Bronze incense burner

    LATW Cat. 173

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    This incense burner has a long carrying handle which projects horizontally from the cup. The form of the cup resembles that of the incense burners on pedestals, but the base is flat. The conical cover is composed of five tiers, the lowest of which sl...

  • Pair of gold rattles from Toptepe
    Pair of gold rattles from Toptepe

    LATW Cat. 174

    Metalwork

    Gold

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The two spool-shaped rattles are virtually identical. Each is formed from two disk-shaped end pieces, a side sheet with concave profile and a central cylindrical tube which is turned over at the ends to secure the disks. One has seventeen concentric ...

  • Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe
    Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe

    LATW Cat. 175

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone, Glass

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The necklace is composed of twenty floral beads and eighteen plain beads with acorn pendents. Each floral bead is decorated with two six-petal rosettes that radiate from perforations at opposite ends of the bead and make contact at the petal tips. Th...

  • Agate pendant
    Agate pendant

    LATW Cat. 178

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

    First half or middle of the sixth century BC (Meriçboyu) (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The agate, with pink, red, and white bands, is worked into a basically barrel-shaped bead that is flat at the bottom. It is perforated lengthwise and suspended on gold wire that is treated in a similar way to those of Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 92, ...

  • Pair of boat-shaped earrings
    Pair of boat-shaped earrings

    LATW Cat. 181

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The two boat-shaped earrings (sometimes called ‘leech-shaped’) are in the form of a crescent with pointed base and curved pointed corners, one corner tapering sharply into a long fine hook for passing through a pierced ear. Down the center at each si...

  • Electrum recumbent animal
    Electrum recumbent animal

    LATW Cat. 184

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The animal is shown lying right, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. It has a flat oval base edged with beaded wire. It can be seen clearly that the animal was made in two halves, with the edge of the back half overlapping the front. ...

  • Jewelry form in shape of recumbent ram
    Jewelry form in shape of recumbent ram

    LATW Cat. 187

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The former is for the figure of a recumbent young ram, lying left, with head facing. Pointed horns project backwards above tiny ears. The shaft is cylindrical.

    Although these cast bronze formers (Özgen and Öztürk 1996, nos. 189, 190, and 191) were no...

  • Silver kyathos
    Silver kyathos

    LATW Cat. 191

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver ladle (kyathos), with shallow bowl, long handle terminating in a loop that ends in a calf’s head.