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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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  • Silver Ram Pendant
    Silver Ram Pendant

    LATW Cat. 1

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Ca. 2500-2000 BC (Early Bronze Age)

    Pendant in form of a ram. Elongated cylindrical body perforated just above stumps of forelegs. Cylindrical neck at oblique angle to body. Small head with rounded nose; horns in relief curve back and around on either side of head. Tiny tail points dow...

  • Marble Stele of Atrastas
    Marble Stele of Atrastas

    LATW Cat. 10

    Sculpture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    520-500 BC (Hanfmann); fourth century BC (Bossert) (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Stele of white marble. Above, relief showing a man seated on a stool at a table, behind him an indistinct form that has been variously identified (standing child, Bossert; foreparts of a dog, Hanfmann). The man either has a disproportionately long ri...

  • Middle Corinthian Round Aryballos
    Middle Corinthian Round Aryballos

    LATW Cat. 100

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 590-550 BC (Middle Corinthian or later) (Lydian)

    Round Corinthian aryballos with quatrefoil decoration. Globular body with slightly flattened bottom. Very low neck, wide horizontal everted lip with narrow mouth. Carefully drawn rosette around mouth. Rim crosshatched. Handle decorated with wavy line...

  • Bird Bowl
    Bird Bowl

    LATW Cat. 101

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Seventh century BC (Lydian)

    Bird bowl. Low ring foot, bowl with rounded profile, lightly nicked rim. Handles restored. Hatched bird in metope, flanked by hatched diamonds in metopes. Mended from fragments; parts of body and both handles restored. Height 0.060 m, diameter 0.125 ...

  • Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos
    Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos

    LATW Cat. 102

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figured band skyphos. Wide low flaring foot. Deep body, slightly inset, flaring lip with sharp transitional ridge on interior. Two horizontal handles. In band, side A: two neatly drawn confronting panthers, framed by palmettes. In band, s...

  • Attic Black Figure Komast Cup
    Attic Black Figure Komast Cup

    LATW Cat. 103

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figure komast cup. Flaring conical foot, without solid clay. Fully rounded body. Inset lip, two horizontal handles. Net pattern on exterior of lip. Double palmettes with tendrils beneath handles. Sides A and B: almost identical komast sce...

  • Attic Black Figure Merrythought Cup
    Attic Black Figure Merrythought Cup

    LATW Cat. 104

    Pottery, Inscription

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black figure cup with deep bowl, high “wishbone” handles. Side A: battle over a fallen warrior, with two nude figures bearing away the corpse; Ramage suggests that the nude figures might represent Sleep and Death, rather than mortal combatants....

  • Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree
    Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree

    LATW Cat. 105

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Pottery kantharos with double-roll handles. Body decorated in brown slip with curled marbling in seven overlapping rows. Neck decorated with images in slips of three colors, very dark brown, orange brown, and light yellow-brown, over a cream-slipped ...

  • Marbled omphalos phiale
    Marbled omphalos phiale

    LATW Cat. 106

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Pottery omphalos phiale. Outside and inside covered with white slip, over which orange-brown slip applied over rim and omphalos and in radial bands of marbling outside and inside. Diameter 0.161 m, height 0.056 m.

  • Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish
    Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish

    LATW Cat. 107

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain rim; flaring base; plain stem (Gordion inv. no. 10983 P4495 +10938 P4482). Clay very pale brown (10 YR 7/4). Decoration yellowish red (5 YR 5/8) to red (2.5 YR 4/8), and in reddish black (2.5 YR 2.5/1). Interior: creamy-white slipped, top to bo...

  • Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration
    Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration

    LATW Cat. 108

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Marbled omphalos phiale. Less than half preserved; restored from fragments; parts of omphalos survive. Deep, hemispherical bowl. Fabric hard, fine, slightly micaceous; fired red-brown to milky brick red. Inside and out, cream-white slip, thinly appli...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 109

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Pottery, broken and badly burnt, repaired (Gordion inv. no. 9P9). Flat rim, outflaring neck, round body, semi-conical foot; slightly lopsided. Clay micaceous, grey-brown at core, reddish near surfaces; friable. The exterior is covered with cream slip...

  • Grave Stele from Haliller
    Grave Stele from Haliller

    LATW Cat. 11

    Sculpture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    Shortly after the middle of the fourth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    At the top of the stele, “a local version of an anthemion finial of lyre-volute type. In place of the usual palmette is a schematic rendering of a bird in flight, with splayed wing feathers substituting for palmette leaves” (Roosevelt 2009, 261). Bel...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 110

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-540 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Intact except for chips from rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 1573 P490). Fabric fairly hard, fine, non-micaceous; fired light tan-pink. Red-brown slip streakily applied over lip, neck (outside and partly inside), mid body, lower body, and foot; the sa...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 111

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 550-520 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Intact, chips off rim and foot (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 2387 P752). Surface badly worn. Fabric not too fine, sturdy but friable, micaceous; fired light pink. White slip on lip and shoulder. Brick red-to-brown sepia slip (slightly metallic in places...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 112

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 500-450 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Complete, mended from two pieces, chips off rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 497 P144). Clay fired reddish buff. Reddish slip applied over lip, rim, and neck; the same slip is applied in a broad spiral band over the reserve surface of the shoulder. Hei...

  • Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus
    Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus

    LATW Cat. 113

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second to third quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Hemispherical bowl with central boss. Painted in a light to dark brown glaze on a slip, which is thin and reddish brown on the inside and thick and yellowish white on the outside. Interior completely covered with marbling, the marbled central boss is...

  • Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus
    Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus

    LATW Cat. 114

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Second to third quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Hemispherical bowl, which originally had a boss in its center. Painted in a reddish brown to black glaze on a thin slip yellowish to light brown hue. Both sides are completely covered with marbling, consisting of adjacent stripes. Approximately half ...

  • “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 115

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Last quarter of the seventh century BC, deposited around 610 BC (Lydian)

    Slightly curved body fragment of a stemmed dish (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 94 K 142.1). Bichrome decoration precisely painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a thick, creamy white slip of extraordinary smoothness, reminding one of...

  • “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus

    LATW Cat. 116

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second half of the seventh century BC., around 640–620 BC (Lydian)

    Curved body fragment of a thin walled hemispherical bowl (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 88 K 1.1); the central boss (omphalos) and the straight rim are not preserved. Bichrome decoration painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a thick...

  • Pair of fluted gold earrings
    Pair of fluted gold earrings

    LATW Cat. 117

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    Two almost circular gold earrings. “The body is hollow and nearly cylindrical in cross section. The outer portion has a rounded profile, with 38 radiating ribs. The inner section is undecorated and terminates in a sharp edge within. On each of the fl...

  • Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount

    LATW Cat. 118

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

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

    “Pendant (or possibly an ear-ring) of rock crystal, with a gold cap that terminates in a lion’s head holding a ring for suspension in its mouth. The ring is large and is made of a circle of heavy wire, with a beaded ring on either side. At the base, ...

  • Conical chalcedony stamp seal
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal

    LATW Cat. 119

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Chalcedony, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Small chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, missing any mounting. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio with a heroic combat scene: The hero stands at right on a groundline, wearing Persian court robe and a crenellated crown, holding a short sword in ...

  • Relief from Gökçeler
    Relief from Gökçeler

    LATW Cat. 12

    Sculpture

    Limestone, Stone

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

    “Brownish yellow chalky limestone. Figure stands on a 0.18 m high plinth to left in a long-sleeved, knee-length tunic and sandals, holding a flower bud forward in right hand and a bird at side in left hand. Hair in tight curls. Lips and eyes around i...

  • Weight-shaped seal
    Weight-shaped seal

    LATW Cat. 120

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, perforated but missing its mounting. The bottom surface is carved in intaglio with a figure wearing Persian court garb and a crenellated crown sitting on a throne, with an elaborate stretcher between the legs and a curve...