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Ancient Mesopotamia
Assyria Nineveh
Arslan Tash Til Barsip
Iran Palace of Darius
Phoenicia Arabia Palmyra
Syrian coast
Ougarit Byblos

Colossal Vase       AO 22897
Height: 1.90 m    Diameter: 3.20 m
Sully room 21
This monumental vase sat
atop the summit of the
Acropolis of Amathus in Cyprus.
It was intended for storing water for the needs of the temple of Aphrodite, goddess of fertility. 
Due to its size and use, it is reminiscent of the “molten seal” from Solomon’s Temple. Able to hold a considerable amount (approx., 44,000 litres), it measured “ten cubits (4,50 m) from its one brim to its other brim, circular all around; and its height was five cubits, and it took a line of thirty cubits (13,40 m) to circle all around it. ” (1 Kings 7:23).
The walls were also curved to give it a bulging or ‘hemisphere’ shape. A267
It was placed on top of representations of 12 bulls, the symbol of strength and power.

Due to its size and use, this colossal vase is reminiscent of the “sea of cast metal” from Solomon’s Temple. 

Whereas 10 small basins were used to wash sacrifices or for cleaning work, the sea of copper is associated with the purification of priests as, “But the sea was for the priests to wash in it.” - 2 Chronicles 4:6.
What precedes enables the symbolism of the Book of the Apocalypse to be understood, and “a glassy sea like crystal” (Revelation 4:6). Those who stood near to it serving in the capacity of ‘priests of God and of Christ’. According to the Apostle Paul, the “congregation (is cleansing) with the bath of water by means of the word” (Ephesians 5:25, 26). Jesus also evoked the purifying power of the word of God that he proclaimed. - John 15:3.


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