Photo: “The Arjan Bowl”. Ancient Iran, from circa 800 B.C. to 525 B.C.
In 1982 the discovery of the â€œArjan tomb,â€ a rich burial deep in the Zagros mountains of southern Iran. Brought to light a number of precious and non-precious metal objects. When the first detailed description of the tomb and its contents appeared in English in 1985 the bronze bowl was merely described as a â€œlarge shallow bowl…..ulaantaij.com
This ancient, possibly Assyrian or Elamite “bowl” manufactured as long ago as 800 B.C. is ringed around its circumference with a variety of graphics called registers. These graphics depict various aspects of ancient life.
One of the registers depicts hunters, soldiers and other men engaged in hunting and other practices at an ancient marsh.
Much has been written and speculated about concerning the various ancient graphics; indeed several have written doctoral dissertations concerning various aspects of the artifact.
Here at s8int.com, there was a primary question about one of the registers that immediately came to mind; —“hey, what’s that thing peeking out from beind those ancient ferns!”.(That’s how we talk)
Here’s a hint:
Job 40:15-24, “Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him. When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?”