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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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  • Iron sickle
    Iron sickle

    LATW Cat. 213

    Metalwork

    Iron

    Ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Iron. Adhering to the blade is part of an iron sieve or filter. Blade and “wrap-around” handle socket were made together. Preserved length 0.27 m, maximum width 0.035 m (blade length 0.22 m; handle socket length 0.05 m).

  • Seven arrowheads of bronze and iron
    Seven arrowheads of bronze and iron

    LATW Cat. 214

    Metalwork

    Iron, Bronze/Copper Alloy

    ca. 570-540s BC (Lydian)

    Bronze arrowheads have sockets and are leaf-shaped (some with high, others with tapering “shoulders”) and trilobate; iron arrowheads have tangs and are triangular and four-sided. Lengths vary between 0.034 m and 0.052 m.

  • 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.

  • Hellenistic white-slipped relief-ware lidded jar
    Hellenistic white-slipped relief-ware lidded jar

    LATW Cat. 216

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late Hellenistic (Hellenistic)

    Pottery, broken, mended, partly restored. The finial of the lid has a central opening. One body handle missing and restored. Body is partly mold-made. White slip on exterior surfaces, over which decoration in reddish-orange to dark-sepia slip. On eit...

  • Hellenistic black-glaze amphora
    Hellenistic black-glaze amphora

    LATW Cat. 217

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late Hellenistic (Hellenistic)

    Pottery, broken, mended, partly restored. Handles in the form of standing ithyphallic satyrs (facing outward, i.e. away from the vase). On the lower body, below each handle, a spout in the form of a mask or lion head. On exterior and interior of neck...

  • Hellenistic lamp
    Hellenistic lamp

    LATW Cat. 218

    Lamp

    Ceramic

    Second to early first century BC (Hellenistic)

    Hellenistic ceramic mold-made lamp. Wheel-made body, concave discus with large central hole, three smaller holes around, probably to allow air to escape while filling the lamp. Handle broken; two knobs on sides of lamp. Flaring nozzle. Thin matte gra...

  • Marble head of bearded man
    Marble head of bearded man

    LATW Cat. 219

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Third to fifth century AD (Late Roman)

    Head broken at neck. Framing the forehead “are three separate masses of hair…one in the center made up of two separate tiers, and two at the sides.…The forehead is plastically modeled with two horizontal bony masses.…Upon the surface are incised hori...

  • Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription
    Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription

    LATW Cat. 22

    Coin, Inscription

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-third stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K345). Obverse: boar head facing left. At the left of the head are the Lydian letters of a partially preserved name, ...]L?ATE[..., and the tip of the snout and tusk of a...

  • “Asia Minor Light-Colored Ware” plate with cross
    “Asia Minor Light-Colored Ware” plate with cross

    LATW Cat. 220

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Sixth - early seventh century (Late Roman)

    Small plate. High ring foot, sharply carinated shallow body. Decorated in champlevé technique, with cross within decorative bands. The carved decoration is notably off-center. Diameter 0.13 m, height 0.035 m.

  • Flask
    Flask

    LATW Cat. 221

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late fifth to sixth century (Late Roman)

    Large lentoid flask. Two handles from shoulder to neck. Mold made in two pieces; wheel-made neck and handles added separately. Decoration in relief on two sides. Side A: cross within circle, with two hares below, one resting forelegs on cross, the ot...

  • 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...

  • Bronze lamp in form of lion
    Bronze lamp in form of lion

    LATW Cat. 223

    Metalwork, Lamp

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Lamp in the form of a lion, striding forward and holding a shell-shaped spout in his open mouth. A hole at the top of the mane, covered by a separately made hinged lid, allowed the lamp to be filled. A ring and loop just in front of the filling hole ...

  • Two bronze lions’-head-shaped handle attachments
    Two bronze lions’-head-shaped handle attachments

    LATW Cat. 224

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century, with early seventh century context suggesting sixth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Two small, nearly identical lion’s heads, with flat backs for attachments to some other object, such as a chest or piece of furniture. The heads are simply rendered, with round ears, long muzzles, and open mouths that may have held ring handles. Rath...

  • 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.

  • Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl
    Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 226

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth century AD (Byzantine)

    Fragments from the center of a bowl. Interior, pale yellow glaze with fine sgraffito decoration in brown. Surrounding a plain center is a border, framed by two narrow bands, which features a pattern of two continuous curvilinear ribbons, one of swage...

  • Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish
    Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish

    LATW Cat. 227

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth to thirteenth centuries AD (Byzantine)

    Fragmentary bowl. Interior, cream glaze with green-brown sgraffito decoration. A central disk features a cross with arms each terminating in a lily, and with intervals filled with fleurs-de-lis pointing inward and spaces filled with dark brown. At th...

  • Fragment of Iznik II bowl
    Fragment of Iznik II bowl

    LATW Cat. 228

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 1540-1560 AD (Islamic)

    Dish with low, flaring foot ring, shallow, concave sides, and flange rim. Body of hard, rather coarse white (Munsell 5Y 8/1) clay with thin, white slip on both interior and exterior. Design underglaze painted in sage green, azure, and turquoise, with...

  • Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl
    Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl

    LATW Cat. 229

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late-fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragment of thickly potted “Miletus” ware bowl with low, flaring foot ring and high, concave sides; rim missing. Body of coarse, porous, pink (Munsell 7.5YR 7/4) earthenware with white slip on interior and on exterior to two cm. above the foot ring. ...

  • Electrum Twenty-Fourth Stater with Lion’s Paw
    Electrum Twenty-Fourth Stater with Lion’s Paw

    LATW Cat. 23

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-615 BC (the terminus ante quem of ca. 615 BC is certain from the stratigraphic context) (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one twenty-fourth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 94/K277). Obverse: four-clawed lion’s paw. Reverse: single punch. Weight: 0.56 g.

  • Dark glaze sgraffito bowl
    Dark glaze sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 230

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Largely complete high-footed small bowl. Earthenware darkened from reducing atmosphere in kiln or accidental burning. Slip now dark grey. Inside, incised patterns: from center, a six-armed cross with double half rosettes between arms, all inscribed w...

  • Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl
    Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 231

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Large fragment of thickly potted, color splashed sgraffito bowl with low, flaring foot ring, deep, concave sides, and everted rim. Body of porous, coarse, fairly hard, yellowish red (Munsell 5YR 5/6) earthenware. Slipped on both interior and exterior...

  • Gold glaze sgraffito bowl
    Gold glaze sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 232

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragments of base, side and rim of gold glazed sgraffito bowl; of which only center parts are displayed in this Exhibition. Body of porous, red earthenware slipped white on the interior. Slip incised with pattern of large bud-like forms or abstract l...

  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: 26 Electrum Third-Staters
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: 26 Electrum Third-Staters

    LATW Cat. 24_1-24_26

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    Twenty-six electrum coins, of one-third stater weight (Gordion inventory numbers 1078-1103). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Countermarks on edges of 1078 and 1079. Weight: 4.75 g; except for 1078, 1083-1085, and...

  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: Electrum Sixth-Stater
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: Electrum Sixth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 24_27

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    One electrum coin of sixth-stater weight (Gordion inventory number 1104). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: single punch. Weight 2.35 g.

  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters

    LATW Cat. 24_28-24_45

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    Eighteen electrum coins of twelfth-stater weight (Gordion inventory Nos. 1105-1122). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: single punch. Countermarks on Nos. 1105, 1120-1122. Weight 1.20 g.