Pottery Jar Showing a Myth from Tell Zar'a

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 15 February 2019
Pottery Jar Showing a Myth from Tell Zar'a

Lare jar painted in red and black on beige. The paintings show animal scenes in two registers. In the lower register, two large snakes lie opposite each other. In the upper one, framed by horizontal lines and a zigzag motif on the jar's shoulder and neck, two coiled snakes and two stretched-out snakes, as well as two further scenes, are visible. The first scene shows a lion pacing behind a bull. Below the latter, a human figure sits on a stool holding up something, maybe a child or a lyre. In the second scene, another lion walks behind a flock of smaller animals in addition to a cat-like creature and a scorpion. These interesting scenes seem to depict a story, maybe a legend or a myth of the time. Late Bronze Age, 1440-1300 BCE. From from Tell Zar'a in northwestern Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, February 15). Pottery Jar Showing a Myth from Tell Zar'a. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10066/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Pottery Jar Showing a Myth from Tell Zar'a." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 15, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10066/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Pottery Jar Showing a Myth from Tell Zar'a." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 15 Feb 2019. Web. 26 Jun 2019.

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