MU logo University of Missouri sitemap | map | parking | directions | contact the museum
Home | Events | Museum Info | Calendar | Education | Exhibitions | Collections | Support
Home | Collections | Antiquities

Household Shrine and Vases

Household Shrine and Vases
Household Shrine and Vases
Syria-Palestine, Mt. Nebo
Iron IIC, ca. 800 B.C.
Terracotta, pottery

The shrine is modeled on a temple type found mainly on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean and on Cyprus, areas where the Phoenician goddess Astarte was worshipped. The objects found with the shrine constitute important evidence for our understanding of religious ritual. The rhyton, in form of a bull wearing a halter and elaborate wreath, was used for pouring libations or for drinking during ceremonies; incense burned in the two perforated bowls. The two small vases may have been offerings to the goddess. The group was used for worship in a home or small sanctuary.

Six Picks-Director's Favorites
Recent Acquisitions
Ancient Americas
Ancient Coins
Cast Gallery
Visiting Researchers >>
  Grad. Research Asstships. >>

© 2014 — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.

Museum of Art and Archaeology | College of Arts and Science | University of Missouri
1 Pickard Hall | Columbia, MO 65211-1420 | phone: 573-882-3591 | fax: 573-884-4039 | Email the museum
AAM logoaccredited by the American Association of Museums

The Museum is currently closed and moving to Mizzou North. Please continue to check our website for updates and the openings of galleries.