The dualistic nature of a Red Lustrous Wheelmade bowl from Bogazkoy with a depiction of a victorious armed warrior


ANATOLIAN STUDIES, vol.69, pp.95-108, 2019 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0066154619000061
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-108
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


A bowl with an incised heroic combat scene was found at the Hittite capital of Bogazkoy and dates to the end of the 15th/beginning of the 14th century BC. This article reconsiders this previously published bowl, its production history and the message it conveys. The warrior is usually identified as Mycenaean, and in previous studies the bowl has been considered only for its incised decoration without evaluation of the bowl itself, its context and associated finds. This article argues that the bowl had a physical journey from Rough Cilicia to Hattusa and a non-physical journey from being a simple everyday object to a unique artwork through the secondary carving of an image, which reflects dualistic aspects.