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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...

  • Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos
    Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos

    LATW Cat. 102

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figured band skyphos. Wide low flaring foot. Deep body, slightly inset, flaring lip with sharp transitional ridge on interior. Two horizontal handles. In band, side A: two neatly drawn confronting panthers, framed by palmettes. In band, s...

  • Attic Black Figure Komast Cup
    Attic Black Figure Komast Cup

    LATW Cat. 103

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figure komast cup. Flaring conical foot, without solid clay. Fully rounded body. Inset lip, two horizontal handles. Net pattern on exterior of lip. Double palmettes with tendrils beneath handles. Sides A and B: almost identical komast sce...

  • 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 ...

  • Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount

    LATW Cat. 118

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

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

    “Pendant (or possibly an ear-ring) of rock crystal, with a gold cap that terminates in a lion’s head holding a ring for suspension in its mouth. The ring is large and is made of a circle of heavy wire, with a beaded ring on either side. At the base, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Relief from Gökçeler
    Relief from Gökçeler

    LATW Cat. 12

    Sculpture

    Limestone, Stone

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

    “Brownish yellow chalky limestone. Figure stands on a 0.18 m high plinth to left in a long-sleeved, knee-length tunic and sandals, holding a flower bud forward in right hand and a bird at side in left hand. Hair in tight curls. Lips and eyes around i...

  • 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...

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

    LATW Cat. 13

    Sculpture

    Sandstone, Stone

    Ca. 570-560 BC (Lydian)

    One of two and one-half sandstone lion sculptures that were set up on the corners of the Altar of Cybele in the gold refining area at Sardis (Sector PN; see Greenewalt, “Gold and Silver Refining”). Lion on low plinth, open roaring mouth showing tongu...

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

    LATW Cat. 130

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. A rounded silver band forms the suspension. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a scene of heroic control: ...

  • 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...

  • Gold melon bead
    Gold melon bead

    LATW Cat. 153

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Spherical form perforated with central hole. Outer surface articulated with curving, melon-like segments, which terminate at the hole mouths. Granulation in single rows between segments and in double rings around hole mouths. Height 0.0095 m, weight ...

  • Silver omphalos bowl
    Silver omphalos bowl

    LATW Cat. 157

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The shallow bowl has a straight rim, thickened at the edge, and a large hemispherical omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. On the inner wall are eight evenly spaced horizontal ribs from the omphalos to just below the rim. The outer wall i...

  • 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 oinochoe with lion’s head handle
    Silver oinochoe with lion’s head handle

    LATW Cat. 163

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    The oinochoe has a trefoil mouth with grooved rim, a short neck, and an ovoid body, angling sharply at the wide shoulder and narrowing towards the flared foot. A rounded ridge decorated with engraved beading encircles the foot near the top, and the s...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Gold brooch in form of six bow-coils
    Gold brooch in form of six bow-coils

    LATW Cat. 179

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    The brooch has an elongated composition of six bow-coils, arranged symmetrically, with two large bow-coils set back to back at the center and two at each end which form points. The bow-coils are outlined by granular beading, and there are two double ...

  • 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. ...

  • Bronze blowpipe nozzle
    Bronze blowpipe nozzle

    LATW Cat. 188

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    (Lydian)

    Pipe nozzle made from a sheet of bronze rolled into a tapering tube. “At the wider end of the long, tapering tube is a finely banded outflaring collar, secured to the tube by a rivet at each side” (Özgen and Öztürk 1996). Length 0.465 m, diameter of ...

  • Achaemenid bowl
    Achaemenid bowl

    LATW Cat. 190

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    Undecorated silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring rim, shallow body, central omphalos. Height 0.062 m, diameter 0.133 m.

  • Glass alabastron
    Glass alabastron

    LATW Cat. 197

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Alabastron of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark blue glass. Rounded bottom with slight depression; elongated ovoid body; short neck; horizontal rim with applied trail of opaque yellow glass. Two “duck’s head” handles applied on shoulde...