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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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  • 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 ...

  • 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. 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting
    Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting

    LATW Cat. 121

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, with corroded silver mounting of heavy wire forming a large ring (1.1 cm outside diameter) from which extend two wires clasping the sides of the stone and terminating in thickened swellings at the point where a pin runs...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    LATW Cat. 125

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. Thin wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop wire on each side. The scarab is ex...

  • Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab
    Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab

    LATW Cat. 126

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is made of gold wire in the form of a horseshoe that terminates in hemispherical knobs. A pin running through the scarab is riveted to the knobs on either side. The scarab is delicat...

  • Cylinder seal
    Cylinder seal

    LATW Cat. 128

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate cylinder seal in a gold mounting consisting of a pin held in place by two gold plates, with a gold loop on top set with granulations. The seal shows a crowned hero-king figure controlling two rampant lion-griffins, with two winged, crowned sphi...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    LATW Cat. 132

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with corroded silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion-griffin walking right” (Dusinberre). Total he...

  • Gold melon bead
    Gold melon bead

    LATW Cat. 153

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Spherical form perforated with central hole. Outer surface articulated with curving, melon-like segments, which terminate at the hole mouths. Granulation in single rows between segments and in double rings around hole mouths. Height 0.0095 m, weight ...

  • Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
    Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 156

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The jug has a trefoil mouth, cylindrical neck, squat spherical body and a flared foot. The jug proper is made in three parts: mouth, neck, and shoulder; body, and foot. The shoulder overlaps and is soldered to the upper curve of the body; the foot is...

  • Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe
    Necklace with acorn pendants, from Toptepe

    LATW Cat. 175

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone, Glass

    Late sixth or early fifth century 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 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 boat-shaped earrings
    Pair of boat-shaped earrings

    LATW Cat. 181

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late sixth or early fifth century 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 sixth or early fifth century 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 ...

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

    LATW Cat. 186

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...