Tahsin Özgüç

Keywords: Assyrian Empire, Assyrian Trading Colony Period, Karum Kaniš, Kültepe, A Vessel in the Form of a Human


The recovery of this find with few parallels owes much to the high level of accomplishment reached today by the Turkish Historical Society, established under the guidance of Atatürk. The success of the excavations carried out by the Society is in large measure due to the strong influence of its General Director Uluğ İğdemir. On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, I would like to express my deepest admiration for his valuable contributions and my gratitude for the opportunity to add to this volume of Belleten presented in his honor. An important part of the burial gifts from graves belonging to building level la in quadrant cc/21 of the Karum Kaniš were stolen, broken or scattered during ancient times. Among these finds, our attention is drawn to a vessel in the from of a human, whose body is preserved but whose neck and head are now missing.