Censer from Tell Ta'anek

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 04 September 2018

This ritual object, a pottery censer, was made in the shape of a prism, with superimposed sphinx and lion reliefs on both sides. The small square openings on the front and the back were for the smoke of the fumigated plants to come out. The smoke with the animal depictions on the sides would give it a mysterious animated appearance. It is interesting that this censer, thought to belong to the Canaanites, was found broken, with sling stones, an evidence showing the change in religious beliefs. There were two censers of this type found in the 7th layer of Megiddo; these had painted decorations instead of reliefs. 13th to 12th century BCE. From Tell Ta'anek, in modern-day Israel. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).



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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