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    SYRO-HITTITE. Middle Bronze Age, circa 2000-1500 BCE. Terracotta quadruped animal. Of stylized form, perhaps representing a dog or a stylized goat, the figure is 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) in length, with a rectangular body and roughly conical legs. Some light earthen encrustation, intact and unrestored. Cf. Moorey, P.R.S. Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Ashmolean Museum, 2005).

    From The Living Torah Museum Collection; ex Michael Kaufman Collection, acquired by private donation.

    The term Syro-Hittite refers to the Aramaic and Phoenician communities of southern Anatolia and northern Syria that came under Hittite rule in the mid-second millennium BCE. The Hittites are mentioned frequently in the Old Testament, but were otherwise unknown to history until archaeologists in the late 19th century began unearthing evidence of a vast, powerful Hittite Empire that flourished between 2,000 BCE and the "great collapse" of circa 1180 BCE.

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