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Double Offering Bowl

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
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CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • 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