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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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  • Silver and gold phiale with Persian king/hero
    Silver and gold phiale with Persian king/hero

    LATW Cat. 167

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow bowl has an offset rim, and an extremely shallow omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. The bowl itself is silver, the gold decoration was made separately and applied. The ten tear-shaped lobes are hollow, slotted into grooves o...

  • Silver phiale
    Silver phiale

    LATW Cat. 168

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • Silver phiale, with inscription
    Silver phiale, with inscription

    LATW Cat. 169

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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 Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 17

    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 12 mm.

  • Shallow bowl with inscription
    Shallow bowl with inscription

    LATW Cat. 170

    Metalwork, Inscription

    Silver

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • Jasper (Chalcedony) plate
    Jasper (Chalcedony) plate

    LATW Cat. 171

    Stone Vessel

    Chalcedony, Stone

    Second half of 6th or early 5th c 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 6th or early 5th c 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 ...

  • Bronze incense burner
    Bronze incense burner

    LATW Cat. 173

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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 6th or early 5th c 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 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • Electrum necklace from Lydian Treasure
    Electrum necklace from Lydian Treasure

    LATW Cat. 176

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal pendant
    Pyramidal stamp seal pendant

    LATW Cat. 177

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    First half or middle of 6th c 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 6th c 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 6th or early 5th c 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 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.

  • Pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins
    Pair of pomegranate-headed (beehive) pins

    LATW Cat. 180

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The two pins are virtually identical. The head has an abstracted pomegranate form, divided into six convex segments which are alternately plain and horizontally ribbed an separated by beaded wire. At the apex is a floret of six half-open petals on a ...

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

    LATW Cat. 181

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • Thirty-eight gold appliqués
    Thirty-eight gold appliqués

    LATW Cat. 182

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Each of the thirty-six square plaques bears an embossed pictorial scene of a raptor swooping down to lower right above a hare running to the right. Around the scene and in the field are rows of tiny raised dots. Below the hare’s body is a horizontal ...

  • Gold appliqué - 4 bow coils
    Gold appliqué - 4 bow coils

    LATW Cat. 183

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The ornament has a cruciform shape, and comprises four bow-coils formed from beaded wire, set back to back against a central circle of beaded wire. The coils and central circle enclose convex fillings, and are soldered to a backing sheet cut to the s...

  • Electrum recumbent animal
    Electrum recumbent animal

    LATW Cat. 184

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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. ...

  • Gold recumbent ram
    Gold recumbent ram

    LATW Cat. 185

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The ram is shown lying left, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. The animal is formed in one piece with an oval base of small dimensions. Both body and base are punched with dotted circles, and the hatching on the bead is bordered at ...

  • Silver recumbent ram from Lydian Treasure
    Silver recumbent ram from Lydian Treasure

    LATW Cat. 186

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late 6th or early 5th c BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The ram is shown lying left, with head facing, and legs folded beneath the body. The fleece is marked by stippling in regular lines, and the head by hatching. The horns are ridged. The articulation of the stylized hind legs and the hooves is prominen...

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

    LATW Cat. 187

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Late 6th or early 5th c 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...

  • 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. 189

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    Silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring offset lip, shallow body, no omphalos. Lower body finely decorated with pointed flutes; shoulder decorated with pendant tongues. Rosette decoration in center. Height 0.053 m, diameter 0.125 m.