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Household Shrine and Vases

Household Shrine and Vases
Household Shrine and Vases
Syria-Palestine, Mt. Nebo
Iron IIC, ca. 800 B.C.
Terracotta, pottery
(68.64)

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.

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