Royal or divine figure with high conical headdress

Period: Middle Bronze Age

Date: ca. 18th–17th century B.C.

Geography: Syria-Levant

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 7 in. (17.9 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Sheldon and Barbara Breitbart, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.262.2


The close relationship between the divine patriarch El and his earthly counterpart, the Syrian king, may be expressed in this male figure wearing a wrapped mantle with thickly rolled borders and a version of the Egyptian white crown. As the eternal king, he maywear the Mesopotamian horns of divinity or the Egyptian white crown. As a mortal ruler, this figure may appear in the presence of such deities as the weather god and the Syrian goddess with the square miter. Examples appear on the cylinder seals rolled on tablets at the city of Alalakh, an important center in northwestern Syria.