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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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  • Marble Stele of Atrastas
    Marble Stele of Atrastas

    LATW Cat. 10

    Sculpture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    520-500 BC (Hanfmann); fourth century BC (Bossert) (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Stele of white marble. Above, relief showing a man seated on a stool at a table, behind him an indistinct form that has been variously identified (standing child, Bossert; foreparts of a dog, Hanfmann). The man either has a disproportionately long ri...

  • Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree
    Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree

    LATW Cat. 105

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Pottery kantharos with double-roll handles. Body decorated in brown slip with curled marbling in seven overlapping rows. Neck decorated with images in slips of three colors, very dark brown, orange brown, and light yellow-brown, over a cream-slipped ...

  • “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 116

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second half of the seventh century BC., around 640–620 BC (Lydian)

    Curved body fragment of a thin walled hemispherical bowl (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 88 K 1.1); the central boss (omphalos) and the straight rim are not preserved. Bichrome decoration painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a thick...

  • Conical chalcedony stamp seal
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal

    LATW Cat. 119

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Chalcedony, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Small chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, missing any mounting. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio with a heroic combat scene: The hero stands at right on a groundline, wearing Persian court robe and a crenellated crown, holding a short sword in ...

  • Weight-shaped seal
    Weight-shaped seal

    LATW Cat. 120

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, perforated but missing its mounting. The bottom surface is carved in intaglio with a figure wearing Persian court garb and a crenellated crown sitting on a throne, with an elaborate stretcher between the legs and a curve...

  • Gold rattle
    Gold rattle

    LATW Cat. 135

    Metalwork

    Gold

    Early fifth century BC? (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Hollow gold spool-shaped rattle. Cylinder, concave in profile, capped at either end by slightly convex disks. Disks are decorated with concentric circles of fine gold wire. A narrow gold cylinder forms a central tube, opening through holes in the dis...

  • Faience hawk
    Faience hawk

    LATW Cat. 138

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Faience

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Egyptianizing faience hawk pendant. Hawk sits frontally, with feet and tip of tail on flat rectangular base. Modelling on legs, tail, wings, eyes, and talons. Small ring protrudes from the back. Glazed, color eroded and burned; completely preserved; ...

  • Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North
    Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North

    LATW Cat. 14

    Sculpture

    Sandstone, Stone

    Ca. 570-560 BC (Lydian)

    Sandstone lion sculpture from SW corner of the altar at PN. “Very crumbly, broken in two parts, about two thirds of forepart of head broken off... but right eye preserved. Mouth preserved only at sides...” (Hanfmann and Ramage). Height 0.405 m, lengt...

  • Skyphos with orientalizing decoration
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration

    LATW Cat. 147

    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 ray...

  • 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...

  • Silver pendant in form of hawk
    Silver pendant in form of hawk

    LATW Cat. 154

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Surface corroded. Hawk standing on a rectangular plinth; on back, suspension ring. Height 0.03 m.

  • Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
    Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 156

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The jug has a trefoil mouth, cylindrical neck, squat spherical body and a flared foot. The jug proper is made in three parts: mouth, neck, and shoulder; body, and foot. The shoulder overlaps and is soldered to the upper curve of the body; the foot is...

  • Two bronze handles from a wooden bowl
    Two bronze handles from a wooden bowl

    LATW Cat. 159

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    This pair of swivel ring handles is similar to those on the bowl with rim bands, no. 226 (No. 158). These rings, however, are larger, and the ribbing is more definite, composed of relatively broad convex ribs alternating with pairs of fine ribs. The ...

  • 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 strainer
    Silver strainer

    LATW Cat. 166

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    The strainer has a hemispherical bowl and a broad concave rim. The handle projects at a slight angle. Below a plain zone, the bowl is perforated in a swirling pattern; 21 perforated arcs, curving counterclockwise, radiate from the center on the floor...

  • Silver phiale
    Silver phiale

    LATW Cat. 168

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    The deep shouldered bowl has an offset lip, outturned at the rim, and a shallow omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. Spaced evenly around the upper zone of the wall are eighteen male heads, and the lower zone is decorated with seventy-two...

  • Jasper (Chalcedony) plate
    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate

    LATW Cat. 171

    Stone Vessel

    Chalcedony, Stone

    Second half of sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Shallow plate or dish of creamy jasper, with red and brown veins. Wide, flat bottom, carinated body, horizontal rim. Diameter 0.145, height 0.03.

  • Silver side-spouted dish with Phrygian inscription
    Silver side-spouted dish with Phrygian inscription

    LATW Cat. 172

    Metalwork, Inscription

    Silver

    Second half of sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Small single-handled silver dish with a side spout (now missing). Low foot, carinated body, horizontally everted lip. Loop handle ending in ducks’ heads attached to body under lip. At point 90° to handle, perforated opening in wall, which originally ...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal pendant
    Pyramidal stamp seal pendant

    LATW Cat. 177

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

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

    The device on the base of the stone shows a pair of single-horned Achaemenian winged griffins, seated and confronted with front paws, one raised, touching. The stone is horizontally perforated at the top, suspended on gold wire that is thick in the m...

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 18

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum third-stater. Obverse: roaring lion head, facing right, with “hairy nose wart.” Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition. Weight 4.75 g, diameter 11 x 13 mm.

  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 19

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-twelfth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/L567). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right, with a round “wart” on top of the muzzle; the wisps of the mane pointing downwards. Reverse: incuse punch. Diameter 0.007...

  • Gold seal ring with stone bezel
    Gold seal ring with stone bezel

    LATW Cat. 195

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

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

    Gold and carnelian (?). The hoop of the ring is round in section and uniform in diameter, and terminates in two lions’ heads with collars. Each collar is formed of a pair of thick gold wires framing a row of large granulation granules. The lions’ hea...

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    LATW Cat. 199

    Glass

    Glass

    Second half of the fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Round body; short neck, broken; top missing. One of two applied handles preserved in its entirety. Both should have gone vertically from neck to shoulder of vessel. One preserv...

  • Pair of Gold “earplugs”
    Pair of Gold “earplugs”

    LATW Cat. 2-3

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Ca. 2500-2000 BC (Early Bronze Age)

    Two bullet-shaped “earplugs,” made of sheets of argentiferous gold wrapped around a core of dark material. Conical terminal with hatched decoration; concave shaft with flat end. Tips pierced. Length 0.023 m; diameter of conical end 0.009 m.

  • Two figural linchpins
    Two figural linchpins

    LATW Cat. 206-207

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    Two linchpins from a pair of wheels, each consisting of a cast human torso with arms, attached to an iron pin. The figures wear the high, soft hats with tapering ends falling forward, commonly called Persian tiaras or Phrygian caps, and have their ar...