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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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  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 19

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-twelfth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/L567). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right, with a round “wart” on top of the muzzle; the wisps of the mane pointing downwards. Reverse: incuse punch. Diameter 0.007...

  • 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.

  • Silver kyathos
    Silver kyathos

    LATW Cat. 191

    Metalwork

    Silver

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

    Silver ladle (kyathos), with shallow bowl, long handle terminating in a loop that ends in a calf’s head.

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    LATW Cat. 192

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

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

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

  • 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 5th c 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...

  • 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...

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    LATW Cat. 198

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark blue glass. Round body; short neck, horizontal rim with applied trail of opaque yellow glass. Two handles applied on shoulder; one pale blue, the other yellow, with holes on top for string...

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    LATW Cat. 199

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Round body; short neck, broken; top missing. One of two applied handles preserved in its entirety. Both should have gone vertically from neck to shoulder of vessel. One preserv...

  • 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.

  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”

    LATW Cat. 20

    Coin, Inscription

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of twelfth-stater weight. Obverse: Roaring lion head facing right. Along right side of coin, three Lydian letters, “...WET.” Reverse: single punch. Diameter 0.007; weight 1.19 g.

  • Attic red-figured askos
    Attic red-figured askos

    LATW Cat. 200

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Red-figured shallow askos. Disc foot, slightly projecting from body wall. Low body with shallow dome shape. Flaring spout; outturned rim with rounded lip. Handle from under rim to other side of body. Decoration on upper part of body. On one side, spo...

  • Small bowl
    Small bowl

    LATW Cat. 201

    Pottery

    Ceramic

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

    Small echinoid black-slipped bowl. Vertical ring foot, rounded lip angled inward. Interior center stamped with circle surrounded by 13 carelessly stamped eggs/tongues and four palmettes. Intact, worn. Height 0.0214 m, diameter 0.0556 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.

  • Lekythos
    Lekythos

    LATW Cat. 203

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot, tall body, broad outwardly thickened rim. Vertical oval handle going from neck to shoulder. Unpainted. Height 0.194 m, diameter 0.069 m.

  • Lekythos
    Lekythos

    LATW Cat. 204

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Ovoid lekythos with flat, string-cut disc foot, tall body, broad outwardly thickened rim. Broken at neck. Scar of handle on shoulder. Unpainted. Preserved height 0.194 m, diameter 0.0718 m.

  • Alabaster alabastron
    Alabaster alabastron

    LATW Cat. 205

    Stone Vessel

    Alabaster, Stone

    Probably fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Calcite (Egyptian alabaster) alabastron. Elongated ovoid body with round bottom; horizontal rim with rounded lip. Two small lug handles below rim. Mended from fragments, a few fragments missing. Fine lathe marks over interior and exterior surfaces. H...

  • Two figural linchpins
    Two figural linchpins

    LATW Cat. 206-207

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    Two linchpins from a pair of wheels, each consisting of a cast human torso with arms, attached to an iron pin. The figures wear the high, soft hats with tapering ends falling forward, commonly called Persian tiaras or Phrygian caps, and have their ar...

  • Two iron pins with rams’ heads
    Two iron pins with rams’ heads

    LATW Cat. 208-209

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

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

    Two iron pins with decorative bronze rams’ heads. Flange at base of bronze head. Heads are triangular in shape, with horns curving behind ears.

  • Electrum Third-Stater with Lydian Inscription, “kukalim”?
    Electrum Third-Stater with Lydian Inscription, “kukalim”?

    LATW Cat. 21

    Coin, Inscription

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-600 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of third-stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 94/K257). Obverse: two confronted lion’s heads, only the left-hand head struck on the coin, the right represented only by a bit of the nose along the right edge. Between the two ...

  • Skull and right forearm from the skeleton of a young man
    Skull and right forearm from the skeleton of a young man

    LATW Cat. 210

    Miscellaneous

    Bone

    Ca. mid-6th c BC (Lydian)

    Skull and right arm from the skeleton of a young man, probably a soldier who died in the Persian sack of Sardis. The skeleton was complete except for part of the pelvis; only selected parts are displayed here. It belonged to a young man, estimated to...

  • 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...