Pictures of Kultepe Bronze Age Anatolian & Assyrian Traders Colony Artefacts & Antiquities - { 130 images } Created 12 Oct 2018

(updated 2021) Pictures photos images of the Bronze Age artefacts and antiquities from Kültepe Kanesh held at the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara, Turkey. Kültepe Kanesh has been entered onto the tentative list of UNESCo World Heritage Sites. The site of Kültepe, which was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kanesh and centre of a complex network of Assyrian trade colonies in the 2nd millennium B.C. An important trading centre between Anatolia and Mesopotamia, Kultepe allowed Assyrian traders to build their own quarter in the city. The Assyrians acted on their own behalf and signed agreements with the King to allow them to trade. The Assyrian traders kept cuneiform records in their houses that have been excavated and give a great insight into the trade of early Bronze Age Kültepe. These Assyrian Trading Colonies imported pottery from Assyria which influenced Anatolian designs. The Assyrian Traders were ejected when Kultepe became a Hittite city but the influence of Assyrian design remained in the new Hittite artworks and artefacts. Amongst the Bronze Age artefacts from Kultepe are many terra cotta vessels in the form of animals, These were ritual vessels used in devotions to the gods they represent. Also amongst the finds are so called "Sandall Vessels". These cult pots were boat shaped with an animal head at the front. Inside some of the vessels are models of temples and goddess. The deities associated with the ritual vessel were associated with trade and transportation in Ancient Mesopotamia and Summerian literature. The vessel signifies a religious river trip. Dopwnload Pictures & images of the Bronze Age artefacts and antiquities from Kültepe Kanesh held at the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, or buy on line as photo art prints.

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