Limestone tripod bowl
From Tell Halaf (ancient Guzana), north-east Syria, 9th-8th century BC
This limestone tripod vessel may have been an incense burner. It was found in a pit, possibly a cremation grave, beneath a statue. It is very similar in shape to basalt examples found at the same site, although much more elaborately decorated. The hunting scene with which it is carved may have some mythological significance, but the precise significance is unknown.
Although the Hittite Empire had disappeared around 1200 BC many of the city-states of Syria retained Hittite traditions, including the style of art and writing. This is why they are sometimes referred to as 'Neo-Hittite'.
M. Von Oppenheim, Tell Halaf (London, G.P. Putnam's, 1931)
B. Hrouda, Tell Halaf IV (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter Co., 1962)
Diameter: 11.000 cm
ME 1920-12-11, 477