Thoughts on the Anthropomorphic Pottery Vessel Found in Liman Tepe

In: Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

The anthropomorphic pottery vessel found in the fifth architectural layer of the Middle Bronze Age at Liman Tepe3 is the subject of this article. In terms of its shape, this artifact manifests the close connections of the İzmir region to Central Anatolia. In addition to this, this vessel that we have described as a woman holding her breasts sheds some light on aspects of the region’s religion and belief, besides reflecting something of the relationship of the settlement with surrounding cultural regions. As for the oval frame and the symbols it contains (which we would like to evaluate as a cartouche), it holds great significance for Anatolian archaeology. Whether these symbols are precursors of the Luwian hieroglyphic symbols or not is arguable.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener



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