Anthropomorphic Vase; 14th century BC; Anatolia; 70.002


R D Milns Antiquities Museum


Anthropomorphic Vase

About this object

The bowl is made up of three elongated egg-shaped vessels joined together. The neck is at a slight angle to the bowl. The handle has a groove down the centre, inside and outside, having been made out of two strips of clay joined together. There is a small ring foot on each of the three compartments. The buff clay has a roughly finished surface, covered in places with reddish paint.
The decoration, in relief, portrays three male caricatured figures with pig-like snub noses. Although the faces are unbearded (as is characteristic of Hittite male representations) they are apparently male.
They have no mouths or ears but each figure has a prominent brow ridge with small vertically impressed ridges. These may be intended to represent helmets or skull caps. Although two figures are damaged all have arms with the hands clasping and resting on the belly. One still holds a circular object (possibly an offering). The other two are damaged but apparently held similar objects. The absence of horns or other features characteristic of representations of divinities would imply that the figures are meant to be human.

Date Made

14th century BC



Place Made


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Subject and Association Description

Hitite long-necked anthropomorphic jug.

Medium and Materials

Clay (buff), roughly finished with traces of red in places.


Hand made




Height = 142mm
Diameter = 82mm

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