Metalwork From Sardis
A total of Athenian pieces from the through excavations are presented, in addition to 38 pieces from the Butler expedition, in the Catalogue pp. The descriptions are judicious, providing as they do detail where it is needed e. The range of Attic pottery represented is of interest: Attic black-figure amphorai Att , hydriai Att 18 , olpai Att , lekythoi Att , dinoi Att , column-kraters Att , lekanides Att , a wide variety of cups, including Komast, Siana, Merrythought, Little Master, Droop and Cassel cups Att , skyphoi Att , plate Att 88 , as well as indeterminable shapes Att This is followed by the Attic Black Pattern pottery, mostly floral band cups Att The Attic red-figure includes a pelike Att , a possible oinochoe Att , lekythoi Att , askoi Att , head vases Att , kraters Att , lekanides Att , cups Att , skyphoi Att and a fish-plate Att There is even greater variety among the Attic black-glaze Att Smaller quantities of Attic black-figure, red-figure and black-glaze are presented among the material from the Butler expedition, as are two Athenian Geometric vessels Att App.
The latter consist of an Early Geometric one-handled cup, the earliest vessel published in this volume, and a Middle Geometric II skyphos, both now in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Together, these two vessels provide important information on the export of Athenian pottery in the Geometric period. The chapter ends with the results of a chemical analysis, by Richard Jones, of some pottery from Sardis, including Attic and local Lydian wares pp.
Noteworthy is the presence of suspected Klazomenian black-figure and contemporary Chiot pottery. The final chapter, by Crawford Greenewalt, Jr. Some 16 pieces are catalogued, including Lakonian II cups Lak , Lakonian black-figure cups Lak , Lakonian kraters Lak , and an additional black-figure cup found by the Butler expedition Lak App.
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In his concluding remarks, Greenewalt notes that the quantity and quality of the Lakonian pottery from Sardis is consistent with the distribution of Lakonian in the eastern Aegean and western Anatolia, and does not reflect the close ties between Lydia and Sparta that Herodotos reports for the reign of Kroisos. An approach that considers all the imported pottery collectively could potentially lead to conclusions of a more far-reaching nature. And this begs the question: if each individual class of pottery is to be treated separately, why publish it together? The volume as a whole ends with the customary concordance pp.
The plates, 66 in all, many combining line-drawings with photographs, are of good quality and the volume itself is well edited and handsomely produced. The only shortcoming is the fact that the first volume in the monograph series from Sardis fully devoted to pottery fails to mention, however succinctly, the other classes of pottery found at the site to date. It is only in Chapter II that local Lydian and East Greek wares are mentioned, albeit indirectly, and this reviewer was left wondering as to the other classes of imported pottery, including other Greek wares, found at the site.
A brief account by way of an introductory chapter, or even a few words in the Editor's preface, would have done the trick. Similarly, more could have been said on how the various classes of pottery that were published related to one another; the volume as it stands shares more in common with a Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum volume than it does with one dealing with material from a controlled excavation.
This having been said, the volume will quickly find its place as an important reference tool in any archaeological library. Some of the pieces discovered during the excavations at Sardis under the direction of Howard Crosby Butler are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, others are in the Art Museum, Princeton, while a number of pieces have been lost.
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The latter, known from earlier descriptions, are also included in this publication. Also in the realm of unnecessary detail is the table pp. Munsell designations are invaluable for providing a shorthand way of representing the color of an individual piece. Although these readings avoid the vagaries of "buff," "reddish yellow" and so on, they are nevertheless approximations and, as such, provide a false sense of scientific precision. Although this interesting pot is fully published elsewhere, see bibliography on pp. For the distribution of Lakonian pottery see especially, C.
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