Pictures & Images of Hittite Pottery Artefacts & Relief Hittite Terra Cotta Antiquities - { 379 images } Created 17 Oct 2018

Pictures photos images of Hittite pottery artefacts & Hittite terra cotta antiquities from 16th - 9th century BC . The creativity of monumental Hittite relief panels would lead us to imagine that Hittite ceramics would be equally exciting. Most Hittite pottery is undecorated “drab wear”. Hittite pottery is largely a continuation of a tradition started in Anatolia in the 3rd millennium BC which continued until the end of the Empire period. The Neo-Hittite states produced increasingly poor pottery. In the 16th century the Old Hittites produced spectacular polychrome relief-decorated vases. The few Hittite relief vases that have been found are large, four-handled jars with a libation mechanism in the inner rim. The most complete and famous example is the Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to a sacrificial altar. At around 86 cm high and 50 cm across these Hittite relief vases are impressive pieces of ceramic. The high points of Hittite ceramics are though examples of fine craftsmanship. Beak-spouted jugs are often regarded as the Hittite vessel type par excellence. Most of these pieces date to the Assyrian Traders Karum and early Old Hittite period. The spout of the Hittite beak spouted pitcher steeply rises out of the slender neck and terminates in a pronounced beak. Especially the older beak spout jugs often show two wedge like applications on the front. It is likely that these represent a woman’s breasts and that the Hittites perceived the vessels as anthropomorphic and female in gender. Although Hittite beak-spouted jugs sharply decrease in frequency during the Empire period, they do not disappear completely. A rather special Hittite vessel type is the lentoid flask or ‘pilgrim flask’. These flasks always show a narrow neck and handles attached to the shoulder. Their complex manufacture required a high degree of sophistication on the potter’s side. Their surface is always sealed by a highly burnished slip that may be of red or white colour. The reason for this is that they served as containers for fluid or semi-fluid contents. Similar in shape to the “pilgrims flask” is the Hittite water bottle which was carried on the back using ties to the bottle.



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