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Huseyindede Old Hittite Residence
Vases with reliefs dating to 1650 BC and found in Yoriiklti town are exhibited
at the Corum Museum. Friezes on both vases depict religious events, describing
a worship ceremony accompanied by music and dance. It is understood from written
documents that the music and dance performed at religious feasts held great
importance in Hittite life. On the Hiiseyindede vases, there are descriptions
of important elements taking place for worshipping the Tempest God in the style
continuous with those of the Hatti traditions. On the smaller vase, the main
theme on the frieze is jumping over the bull, something which is not seen in
Hittite art, but is known in the Aegean region.
However, contrary to the Aegean example, this
religious acrobatic dancing depiction ended with
standing upside down on the bull. On the bigger
vase there is an empty pipe surrounding the inner
circumference and the bulls head is connected to
the pipe and a rectangular tank. The fluid seen
flowing from the bulls head pours into the vase.
On four friezes, the bulls of the Tempest God can be seen. Worshipping accompanied
by dancing, sacrificing animals to gods, ceremonies around temples, monks, gifts
being presented to people, dance and entertainment scenes are also depicted.