Baked Clay Kernos

Iron Age I, 1175-1100 BC

The Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute

This ring was probably used as a libation vessel during religious ceremonies in ancient Palestine. It consists of a hollow clay ring with hollow clay attachments in the forms of a gazelle head, two jars, two pomegranates, two doves, and a cup. Wine or water would have been poured into the cup from which the doves are drinking and circulated through the various other objects, thus symbolizing the fertility of the earth and its produce.

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  • Title: Baked Clay Kernos
  • Date Created: Iron Age I, 1175-1100 BC
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Location Created: Megiddo, Israel
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 13 x W: 25.5 cm / DIAM: 200 cm
  • Provenance: Acquired by the Oriental Institute Expedition to Megiddo in 1936
  • Type: Kernos
  • Rights: © Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • External Link: Oriental Institute, OIM A18835, D. 15864
  • Medium: Baked Clay
  • Photograph Registration Number: D. 15864
  • Object Registration Number: OIM A18835