A SYRO-HITTITE TERRACOTTA AMPHORA WITH APPLIED HEADS
Please refer to our stock # P.964 when inquiring.
c. 2nd Millennium B.C.
A large round bodies amphora with everted rim and two handles each with a head of a fertility goddess.
In very good and original condition.
6.5 inches (17 cm) high; 7 inches (18 cm) diameter
Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who spoke a language of the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family, and established a kingdom centered at Hattusha in north-central Anatolia ca. the 18th century BC. The Hittite empire reached its height ca. the 14th century BC, encompassing a large part of Anatolia, north-western Syria about as far south as the mouth of the Litani River (a territory known as Amqu), and eastward into upper Mesopotamia. After ca. 1180 BC, the empire disintegrated into several independent "Neo-Hittite" city-states, some surviving until as late as the 8th century BC
Idols are the first representation of the human form, perhaps the first sculpture of the ancient world. Images dating from prehistoric times have been found in stone and clay, and by the Neolithic period, idol worship was a major component of religion in the ancient Near East.