Northern Syria / Orthostat relief: hunting scene / 850-830 B.C.Northern Syria
Orthostat relief: hunting scene
850-830 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Hittite
Creator Name-CRT: Northern Syria
Title: Orthostat relief: hunting scene
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -85
Creation End Date: -83
Creation Date: 850-830 B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Basalt
Dimensions: H. 22 in. (56 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 43.135.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1943

The powerful Neo-Assyrian Empire influenced the surrounding region culturally as well as politically. In the west a number of small but powerful Aramaean city-states acted as a barrier between Assyria and the Mediterranean coast. These have been called Neo-Hittite city-states because of their dynastic continuity and relation to the preceding Hittites of Anatolia. These rival states were gradually brought under the control of the Neo-Assyrian Empire by military conquest.

Stone slabs carved in low relief had traditionally decorated the walls of the Neo-Hittite palaces and temples. Workmanship was often strong if crude. The figures were carved with little descriptive detail engraved on the surface, but it is nevertheless possible to detect, in some of the reliefs, the influence of Assyrian art in the choice of scene, the types of chariots and horse gear, and the galloping posture of the horses.

AMICA ID: MMA_.43.135.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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