Hittite grey steatite decorated libation bowl



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A grey steatite libation vessel consisting of an hemispherical bowl with a pierced spout and incised decoration on the underside.

Vessels such as this, often decorated with lion’s heads and/or human hands, are thought to be ritual libation cups. The spout would be attached to a wine-skin or other container so that the bowl could be replenished instantly when emptied.

Hittite, 9th to 7th Century BC

8.7 x 6.2 cms

The front of the bowl has been restored (approximately 25% of the original vessel missing), general chipping and wear as seen in the photographs

Ex. private collection, Cheltenham, UK; acquired in the late 20th Century as part of a pipe-bowl collection