Lion-Shaped Rhyton (Libation Vessel)
Kültepe (Anatolian), Assyrian Colony period, ca. 1860–1780 B.C.
This highly stylized, lion-shaped terracotta vessel, with a tall spout on its back and pierced nostrils for pouring, comes from Kanish (Kültepe in Cappadocia). The Anatolians produced remarkable animal-shaped vessels during this extraordinary period in the history of ancient Turkey.
Terracotta with polychrome
H 7 ½
Gift of the Queen of Greece through Alma de Bretteville Spreckels