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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...

  • Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish
    Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish

    LATW Cat. 107

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain rim; flaring base; plain stem (Gordion inv. no. 10983 P4495 +10938 P4482). Clay very pale brown (10 YR 7/4). Decoration yellowish red (5 YR 5/8) to red (2.5 YR 4/8), and in reddish black (2.5 YR 2.5/1). Interior: creamy-white slipped, top to bo...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 109

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Pottery, broken and badly burnt, repaired (Gordion inv. no. 9P9). Flat rim, outflaring neck, round body, semi-conical foot; slightly lopsided. Clay micaceous, grey-brown at core, reddish near surfaces; friable. The exterior is covered with cream slip...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 111

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 550-520 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Intact, chips off rim and foot (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 2387 P752). Surface badly worn. Fabric not too fine, sturdy but friable, micaceous; fired light pink. White slip on lip and shoulder. Brick red-to-brown sepia slip (slightly metallic in places...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 122

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Gold seal ring with diamond-shaped gold bezel, with no separation between bezel and ring. The bezel is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion walking right, its tail curled up over its back. In front of the lion is a circle with two curved li...

  • 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: ...

  • 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...

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    LATW Cat. 145

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-540 BC? (Lydian)

    Intact, except for nicks of rim. Form somewhat uneven (small depressions in body surface, undulant rim). Clay pale gray-brown, micaceous. Decoration in dark sepia-brown and, apparently, cream slips. Over rim, inside and outside of neck, lower body, a...

  • Terracotta Bellows Nozzle
    Terracotta Bellows Nozzle

    LATW Cat. 15

    Miscellaneous

    Terracotta

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Terracotta nozzle of coarse clay. “Four joining pieces forming complete squarish outer and round inner section of a flat-faced tapering nozzle. Intense heating has melted away some of the tip, which is grossly misshapen with bits of vitrification adh...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Electrum necklace from Lydian Treasure
    Electrum necklace from Lydian Treasure

    LATW Cat. 176

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

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

    The necklace has been reconstructed from thirty beads of two kinds and seventeen pendants of two kinds. Twenty-six of the threaded beads are plain spheres, slightly indented around the perforations. They are made of sheet in two halves; the halves of...

  • 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 ...

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    LATW Cat. 193

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

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

    Silver bracelet with open ends terminating in calves’ heads facing one another. Diameter 0.061 m, thickness of ring 0.004 m.

  • Gold recumbent lamb
    Gold recumbent lamb

    LATW Cat. 194

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    The ram is shown lying left with head facing. The body is stamped with dot-in-circles. Divided hoofs and their differentiation from lower legs are articulated by indentations. A row of granulation granules or beaded wire encircles the base. Height 2....

  • 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...

  • Core-formed glass oinochoe
    Core-formed glass oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 196

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Oinochoe of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Flat disc foot, partially missing, shows trail decoration in light blue. Ovoid body, short neck, rounded rim pinched into trefoil mouth with applied trail of light-blue glass on...

  • 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.

  • Lekythos
    Lekythos

    LATW Cat. 202

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot. Rim missing. Small knobs on each side of shoulder; between, handle scar. Unpainted. Preserved height 0.1378 m, diameter 0.0806 m.

  • Iron helmet trimmed with bronze
    Iron helmet trimmed with bronze

    LATW Cat. 211

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

    ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Fragments of a helmet including skull-piece with scalloped brow, two cheek-pieces (only the more complete exhibited), and neck guard, all once iron, now mostly corrosion products; trim consisting of bronze (and some iron) cords and multi-part bronze ...

  • Iron chopping sword
    Iron chopping sword

    LATW Cat. 212

    Metalwork

    Iron

    ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Blade and handle core unit, once iron, now corrosion products (iron oxide, magnetite, hematite on the exterior; limonite enveloped by magnetite on some interior parts); broken and repaired. The end of the handle core may be missing. The top side of b...

  • Sling bullet of Tissaphernes
    Sling bullet of Tissaphernes

    LATW Cat. 215

    Metalwork

    Lead

    401-395 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Lead, of almond shape. On the longitudinal center of one side, a text of eight legible raised letters in Greek gives ΤΙCCΑΦΕΡ.Ε... Length 36 mm, weight 40.423 g.

  • Incense shovel with cross
    Incense shovel with cross

    LATW Cat. 222

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Rectangular bronze scoop, with socket on back for a handle. On the sides are two dolphins with arching tails attached to the scoop by rods round in section. Rising from the tails of the dolphins is an arch framing a cross, forming the back of the sco...

  • Yellow glazed incised sgraffito bowl
    Yellow glazed incised sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 225

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Thirteenth century AD (Byzantine)

    Fragments from the center of a bowl with ring foot, about two-thirds complete. Interior, dark yellow glaze with incised sgraffito decoration in dark brown, showing three lanceolate leaves, connected by their stems.