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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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  • Head of a Horse from Fulcrum
    Head of a Horse from Fulcrum

    R2 Cat. 181

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    “PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated s...

  • Lid Corner with Sorrowing Triton
    Lid Corner with Sorrowing Triton

    R2 Cat. 185

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    A bearded male figure holding a fish in his r. hand clasped to his chest is in high relief. The hair flows back in vertical strands, interrupted by horizontal bands in back which are intended to be either folds of the garment or waves of water. Waves...

  • Captive
    Captive

    R2 Cat. 191

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd or 3rd C. AD? (Roman)

    A male figure is seated with his legs out before him, r. leg bent at the knee, and his hands behind his back. To the r., a short distance from the man, are traces of a cuirassed Roman; and to the l. is a shallow relief of a ribbon-like object with th...

  • Pilaster Capital with Cybele or Snake Goddess
    Pilaster Capital with Cybele or Snake Goddess

    R2 Cat. 193

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd half of 2nd C. AD (Roman)

    The pilaster capital consists of two flat volutes springing from a base and supported by acanthus leaves. Standing on a small projecting base is a draped woman in hieratic pose with a pomegranate (?) in her l. hand and a snake, which wriggles across ...

  • Corinthian Head Capital from Screen Colonnade: Fragment of Female Head
    Corinthian Head Capital from Screen Colonnade: Fragment of Female Head

    R2 Cat. 206

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    The series of head capitals belongs to the “screen colonnade” of ten double-engaged columns between the Imperial cult hall or “Marble Court,” MC, and the palaestra, Pa, at the E side of the Roman Gymnasium, B (see Fig. 4; Yegül, Bath Gymnasium Diss.,...

  • Relief with Two Soldiers and Dedication
    Relief with Two Soldiers and Dedication

    R2 Cat. 265

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    4th C. AD? (Roman)

    In a narrowly recessed rectangular panel stand two soldiers in military dress, their r. hands raised in folds, and they wear a triangular-shaped over-fold with incised parallel V-folds. They also wear boots. The two figures are frontal; there is no e...

  • Inscribed Stele with Seated Man (Atrastas, son of Sakardas)
    Inscribed Stele with Seated Man (Atrastas, son of Sakardas)

    R2 Cat. 17

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    520-500 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The stele was set at the bottom into a base. The back, which was probably not seen, is extremely roughly trimmed. The sides are finished with multiple claw chisel. The lower part of the front preserves the scattered stroke patterns of claw chisel and...

  • Marble Statue of the Torso of an Athlete
    Marble Statue of the Torso of an Athlete

    R2 Cat. 74

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Hadrianic (Roman)

    The nude male had r. arm raised, holding a wide ribbon, the tasseled end of which is preserved on l. shoulder; hence an anadoumenos. The position of the neck shows the head was turned slightly to proper r. and forward. A trace of a rectangular strut ...

  • Head of Zeus
    Head of Zeus

    R2 Cat. 108

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Antonine? (Roman?)

    The hair is piled up in wreath-like coiffure above the forehead. The crown of the head is carved in flatter waves, encircled by a rounded and twisted fillet. Lower half of ears shows beneath hair, as on the Boston head from Mylasa. Loose strands fall...

  • Marble Sculpture of Asklepios
    Marble Sculpture of Asklepios

    R2 Cat. 125

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Hadrianic (Roman)

    Asklepios stands with weight on I. leg, r. leg bent, I. hand on hip. His head was turned slightly to proper r. He wears sandals with closed heels; a cloak falls over his I. shoulder, is drawn across both hips and held by I. hand, leaving most of tors...

  • Rock-Cut Relief Aedicula with Two Frontal Figures
    Rock-Cut Relief Aedicula with Two Frontal Figures

    R2 Cat. 156

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    3rd-2nd C. BC (Hellenistic)

    The architectural frame consists of a rather steeply pitched pediment outlined on the rock with rows of points. Underneath the pediment is a row of (originally 16?) rectangles alternately projecting and recessed; 8 raised and 4 recessed rectangles su...

  • Fragment of Garland Frieze
    Fragment of Garland Frieze

    R2 Cat. 168

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Hellenistic or Early Roman (Hellenistic or Roman)

    On the molding is a neat egg and dart; under it, a bull's head carrying a garland of leaves and fruit. A four-petalled rosette hangs over the garland. This is sketchy work, but the egg and dart, particularly, is done with a certain skill. If this is ...

  • Bird of Prey (Eagle?) Holding a Hare, from the Nannas monument
    Bird of Prey (Eagle?) Holding a Hare, from the Nannas monument

    R2 Cat. 238

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Late archaic? (Lydian?)

    A sitting bird of prey is holding with slightly bent talons a long-eared creature -- hare or rabbit. The wings are folded on the back; they have three tiers of long feathers, while the front part is stylized in small vertical ovals. The chest feather...

  • Sarcophagus Fragment
    Sarcophagus Fragment

    R2 Cat. 244

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Ca. 170-180 AD (Roman)

    The corner fragment comprises "the cornice of the left intercolumniation of a lateral face, and the left extremity of the adjacent raking cornice" (Sardis V, 39). The interior border is raised to hold the lid. The acroteria consist of a headless anim...

  • Stele of Menophila
    Stele of Menophila

    R2 Cat. 245

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd or 1st C. BC (Hellenistic)

    The pediment has three acroteria: the central one has two snakes pointing downwards; the other two each have one snake pointing upwards. The recessed niche has tapering sides parallel to the stele sides. The relief shows a woman standing in a Pudicit...

  • Head of the Elder Faustina
    Head of the Elder Faustina

    R2 Cat. 251

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Ca. 140 AD (Roman)

    The following description is after İnan-Rosenbaum: The back of the head is hollow and has a large dowel hole in the center flanked by two oblong dowel holes. Two other dowel holes at ear lobe level are broken away. There are drill channels in the hai...

  • Enthroned Mother of the Gods (Cybele)
    Enthroned Mother of the Gods (Cybele)

    R2 Cat. 256

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd or 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    Cybele is enthroned and seated between two lions. The arched recess in which she sits suggests a shrine. She wears a high-girt chiton with a V-neck. The transparent cloth reveals her navel and the shape of her breasts. A heavier cloth himation is dra...

  • Small Head of a Woman?
    Small Head of a Woman?

    R2 Cat. 229

    Sculpture

    Serpentine, Stone

    5th or 4th Millennium BC (Neolithic)

    The head is broken from a figurine; enough of the neck remains to show that the head was turned to the proper r. and upward. There is a triangular crease in the center of the forehead. The eyes are asymmetrical, the r. one oval, the I. longer and sli...

  • Fragment of Anthemion
    Fragment of Anthemion

    R2 Cat. 48

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    500-450 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The finial consisted of two spirals symmetrically placed in lyre-like design. H.C. Butler writes, "The two double reversed scrolls carried some crowning feature like a palmette. The scrolls were described by pulvinated bands with raised flat edges. T...

  • Base for Images of the Children of Kore
    Base for Images of the Children of Kore

    R2 Cat. 277

    Sculpture, Statue Base, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    211-212 AD (Roman)

    The two blocks have a simple flaring molding at the bottom and rest upon a larger profiled base, which is also made of two blocks.

  • Corinthian Geometric Narrow-Necked Oinochoe
    Corinthian Geometric Narrow-Necked Oinochoe

    M10 Cat. Cor 1

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    ca. 750-720 BC (Lydian)

    Reconstructed. Portion of the trefoil mouth, body, and foot restored. Solid glaze on the trefoil mouth. Medium bands of black glaze on the neck (11), shoulder (3), and body (19). Similar bands on the exterior of the handle. A wide band of black glaze...

  • Early Protocorinthian Aryballos Fragment
    Early Protocorinthian Aryballos Fragment

    M10 Cat. Cor 9

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    ca. 720-690 BC (Lydian)

    Probably late in EPC. Body fragment. A floral palmette, roughly drawn, on the belly; three horizontal lines below. Glaze: brown, with no incision. Clay: hard but rough. Pinkish beige with a muddy beige exterior that has a slight gloss. Munsell no., b...

  • Middle Protocorinthian Ovoid Aryballos Fragment
    Middle Protocorinthian Ovoid Aryballos Fragment

    M10 Cat. Cor 10

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    ca. 690-670 BC (Lydian)

    Probably early in MPC. Preserved only from the shoulder to the lower body, making the shape somewhat uncertain. On the shoulder, a running animal to left (probably a dog; the head is lost) with a long tail appearing near the handle break. No incision...

  • Middle Protocorinthian Linear Kotyle Fragment
    Middle Protocorinthian Linear Kotyle Fragment

    M10 Cat. Cor 14

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    ca. 670-650 BC (Lydian)

    Probably early in MPC-II. Half of a handle and a small part of the rim. Exterior: two lines, beginning on the root of the handle, merge to form one thin line on the handle proper. On the upper line, the glaze is partially preserved; on the lower, it ...

  • Middle Protocorinthian Linear Kotyle Fragment
    Middle Protocorinthian Linear Kotyle Fragment

    M10 Cat. Cor 17

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    ca. 670-650 BC (Lydian)

    Probably MPC-II. A handle with part of the rim and upper body. Exterior: a single thick line of glaze on the handle. Two horizontal lines at the top of the rim. The top line is thicker than the one below it. A series of seven vertical lines remains i...