A Lentoid Flask From Dağdeviren Mound in Akhisar (Manisa) and An Evaluation on Aegean and Western Anatolian Flask Forms of the Second Millennium BC

Gür B., Akdeniz E.

International Symposium on Cultural Continuity, Change and Interaction in the Aegean World from the Second to First Millennium BC, İzmir, Turkey, 18 November 2022

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, an evaluation will be made on Aegean and Western Anatolian lentoid flasks in the Second Millennium BC, through a lentoid flask found in Akhisar Dağdeviren Mound in the Manisa Region. The lens-shaped flask is without a base. The edges of the flask, which can be described as the keel, are thickened and rounded outwards. In this respect, this locally produced flask shows the typical characteristics of Anatolia. The mouth, neck and handle parts of the flask could not be preserved. Also it has traces of gold micaceous slip on its surface and is unpainted. Pottery in this group, known as gold wash ware, had an important production in the Dağdeviren Mound in the Second Millennium BC.

It is possible to see examples of the production of lentoid flasks by thickening their circumferences in many settlements in Western Anatolia. Looking at the Aegean World, it is seen that lentoid flask forms of Anatolian origin are imitated and found both in the Aegean Islands and in Western Anatolia. While it is seen that the general form features are borrowed from Anatolia, the use of slip and paint is similar to the Mycenaean pottery. It is possible to compare the Dağdeviren flask with its counterparts from Müsgebi and Rhodes among Aegean flasks. A more similar flask is from Troy. Although it contains Mycenaean decorations, the circumference of the body is keeled.