Ashtapi God of War, Hand made Stone War God Relief
✦ Materials: Medium: Stone - Hand carved
✦ Width: 6.9 centimetres
✦ Height: 14 centimetres
✦ Depth: 1.3 centimetres
Vintage item from 1982
Ashtapi: Name of the Hurrican War God. The Sumerian equivalent is Zababa, and the Hattian equivalent is Wurunkatte (King of the Country).
There is only one in my store, I found it in an antique store in ancient Hattusa city.
This small tablet is made from volcanic basalt stone (kind of limestone) and painted with natural black paint.(rubia tinctorum) This is a carved illustration which includes the Mesopotamian god of war.
Some info about Hattusa:
Yazilikaya (Turkish; inscribed rock) was a sanctuary of Hattusa, the capital city of the Hittite Empire, today in the center of Anatolia. Rock reliefs are a prominent aspect of Hittite art, and these are generally regarded as the most important group.
This was a holy site for the Hittites, located within walking distance of the gates of the city of Hattusa. It had two main chambers formed inside a group of rock outcrops. Access to the roofless chambers were controlled by gateway and building structures built right in front of them, however only the foundations of those structures survived today. Most impressive today are the rock reliefs of Chambers A and B portraying the gods of the Hittite pantheon. One of the uses of the sanctuary may have involved the New Year's celebrations ceremonies. It was in use at least since late 16th century BCE, but most of the rock carvings date to the reign of the Hittite kings Tudhaliya IV and Suppiluliuma II in the late 13th century BCE, when the site underwent a significant restoration.
The diversity of the Hittite religion is best seen in its wide pantheons. We learn from the tablets and steles that the Hittites define themselves as “thousand gods’
Hurrians War God, Zababa, Wurunkatte Relief art, Authentic relief art.