Past Exhibitions


The Lydians and Their World

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 19:00 -- wds
The Lydians and Their World
February 19, 2010—May 15, 2010 Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul

Lebes with lions and other creatures, 600–570 BC. Manisa Museum, no. 1676; Sardis Expedition inv. P63.366:5494.

Famous as the inventors of coins, the Lydians established a lavish empire that extended through most of western Turkey during the 6th century BC. The exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue of over 230 objects, brings together Lydian material from seven Turkish museums, as well as from excavation depots at Miletus and at Sardis, the capital of the Lydian Empire. This is the first time that some of the objects have been exhibited or published. Organized by Nicholas Cahill, director, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, one of the Harvard Art Museum’s four research centers. The bilingual (English and Turkish) catalogue is available for purchase through Yapi Kredi Publications.