Bronze cauldron

Salalah, The Museum of Frankincense Land
Bronze; H 20, D 31 (rim), 22 (base) cm
Iron Age

This remarkable bronze cauldron was found still in situ, inside a rough stone feature interpreted as a fireplace or oven. Made by hammering of a single piece of metal, the cauldron has a hemispherical body with flat base and two loop vertical handles overlying the rim. The object had certainly a ritual function, being used, probably together with ladles, during important festivities. (AL)