Basalt Block

On Display in the Syro-Anatolian Gallery

Large basalt block inscribed with Luwian hieroglyphs preserved in three registers, from the Amuq Valley, Jisr el Hadid, Iron Age II, ca. 8th century BC. OIM A23427 (D. 019581).

Tell Tayinat Cylinder Seal

On Display in the Syro-Anatolian Gallery

Stone cylinder seal recut with Egyptian symbols, Tell Tayinat, Turkey, Amuq L, ca. 1800–1600 BC. OIM A27494 (D. 009194).

The Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D. Syro-Anatolian Gallery presents material from Anatolia (ancient Turkey), including rare monumental statuary and the architectural elements from an Iron Age (ca. 800 BC) city, and examples of hieroglyphic Luwian script. The gallery also features the archaeology and cultures of the Amuq Valley from 6800 BC to the medieval era illustrated by lithics, pottery, seals, and jewelry. Anatolia was the source of much of the tin that fueled the Bronze Age, and the gallery features metallurgy and mining in Anatolia, including the oldest known bronze figurines (3400-2750 BC). Other highlights are Hittite pottery, Syro-Anatolian luxury goods (jewelry, libation bowls, and cosmetic containers), and a display on the development of the alphabet in Anatolia.