Date: 6th century B.C.
Dimensions: H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number: 26.164.27
This curiously shaped jar was probably used to contain baccaris, a perfume for which Sardis was noted in antiquity, and it is possible that the shape was a convenient trademark for the perfume. Great numbers of these jars have been found at Sardis, and seem to have been a specialty of Lydia. They are found at numerous sites in the Mediterranean, suggesting that their contents were widely exported.