Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)
- 6th century B.C.
- H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
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Great numbers of these jars have been found at Sardis as well as around the Mediterranean. Because they seem to have been a specialty of Lydia, modern scholars call this type of vase a lydion. Such jars probably contained baccaris, a perfume for which Sardis was noted in antiquity.