Double Offering Bowl
Syria or Turkey, early 2nd millennium B.C.E.
- Basalt: ground
- Height: 9 in. (22.9 cm) Diameter: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of A. A. Rosen, 1981-313
- Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
- Describe this object and the image on the front of the object. What does it look like to you? What do you think it could represent?
- What other designs are there on the object?
- Describe the texture of this object. What material do you think it is made of? What kinds of tools might have been used to make it?
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:
After giving students ample opportunity to examine this object, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:
- How might you use this object? How do you think it might have been used in ancient times?
- Archaeologists believe that ancient Syrians or Hittites might have used this object to make offerings to their gods. How does this information influence your interpretation of the image?
- The image appears to show a god standing on two snakes. What kind of god do you think this might be? Why? On another side of the object is a god standing on a lion. What kind of god might that be?
RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:
- Monotheism and Polytheism
- Cultural Interaction
- Ancient Religious Practice