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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); Judith Schaeffer, Nancy Hirschland Ramage, and Crawford H. Greenewalt, jr., Sardis M10: Corinthian, Attic, and Lakonian Pottery; Jane Evans, Sardis M13: Coins from the Excavations at Sardis: Their Archaeological and Economic Contexts; Georg Petzl, Sardis M14: Greek and Latin Inscriptions, Part II: Finds from 1958 to 2017; G.M.A. Hanfmann ve N.H. Ramage, Sardis R2: Sculpture from Sardis: The Finds through 1975; and A. Ramage, N.H. Ramage, ve Gül Gürtekin-Demir, Sardis R8: Ordinary Lydians at Home: The Lydian Trenches of the House of Bronzes and Pactolus Cliff at Sardis. In coming years we intend to add objects from other Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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  • Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting
    Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting

    LATW Cat. 121

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, with corroded silver mounting of heavy wire forming a large ring (1.1 cm outside diameter) from which extend two wires clasping the sides of the stone and terminating in thickened swellings at the point where a pin runs...

  • 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...

  • 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 gold mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting

    LATW Cat. 129

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. The mounting is a gold strip terminating on either side with a carefully executed duck’s head with a long broad bill; the ducks’ eyes are shown, and the feathers on the backs of their heads are ind...

  • 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: ...

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

    LATW Cat. 131

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Blue chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with a portion of a silver mounting consisting of a flat silver strip and the pin running through the stone. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a winged, horned lion-griffin walking right on a ...

  • 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...

  • Gold fabric appliqués and ornaments from near Kendirlik
    Gold fabric appliqués and ornaments from near Kendirlik

    LATW Cat. 133

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Collection of gold ornaments and jewelry, belonging to one or more fabric items. According to Roosevelt (Roosevelt 2003, 632): “eight fragments probably belonging to various items of jewelry (two small pins or pegs with spherical heads (MM6283), two ...

  • 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 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...

  • Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb
    Electrum earring in the shape of a recumbent lamb

    LATW Cat. 136

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Ca. mid-6th c BC (Lydian)

    Recumbent lamb with legs folded under body, head turned to side. Hair stippled on top of head; eyes, mouth, and tail incised. Flat base made separately. Lamb solid-cast; wire made separately and probably fastened to back by soldering. Maximum height ...

  • Ivory disk earring
    Ivory disk earring

    LATW Cat. 137

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Ivory

    Ca. mid-6th c BC (Lydian)

    Flat disc, pierced at center. Front side carefully decorated with an incised 18-petalled rosette, surrounded by panels with dots in centers, separated by double lines. Reverse plain, smoothly finished. Broken and mended, almost complete. Diameter 0.0...

  • Faience hawk
    Faience hawk

    LATW Cat. 138

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Faience

    Ca. mid-6th c 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; ...

  • Electrum earring with double-axe decoration
    Electrum earring with double-axe decoration

    LATW Cat. 139

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Second half of the 7th or beginning of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Electrum boat-shaped earring, decorated with beaded wire along sides, with four groups of three wires, crimped to resemble granulation, dividing the exterior into three panels. In panels, double-axes decorated with granulation. One double-axe missing...

  • 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...

  • 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. 141

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 7th or beginning of 6th c BC. (Lydian)

    Small gold foil appliqué. Raised central boss, surrounded by four raised, lightly segmented bow coils (Schalenspiralen), with rings at the apices. Volutes and rings pierced for attachment. Probably formed using a positive mold, as the details are cle...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 142

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 7th or early 6th c 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...

  • Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus
    Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 143

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late 7th or early 6th c BC (Lydian)

    Silver pin with hollow teardrop-shaped head, divided into four sections by vertical rows of beaded wire (perhaps masking seams in the head), with ring of beaded wire at the tip (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K366). Flaring disk between pin and...