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The religion of the Urartu civilization, which flourished principally in ancient Armenia from the 9th to 6th century BCE, was a unique mix of indigenous, Hurrian and Mesopotamian gods and symbolism. The pantheon was headed by the trinity of Haldi, Teisheba, and Shivini, who were the principal beneficiaries of sacrifices and temples built in their honour. Inscriptions, dedications and representations in art are all a testimony to the importance of religion in Urartu culture.
A Syrian Stone Spectacle 'Eye' Idol
A SYRIAN STONE SPECTACLE IDOL CIRCA 4TH MILLENNIUM B.C. The tall, conical body with a flat base, tapering toward the top and surmounted by two circular perforated "eyes" 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high Provenance Mr. F. Burri, Basel, acquired in the 1980s. with Galerie Jürgen Haering, Frieburg, 2004. CNY1260755