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Grave Goods
Photograph by Manoocher

A jar made of carnelian—in ancient times a rare stone dug only in India and southern Iran—probably held oil or perfume left as an offering for the dead father of Qatna's king. A row of such small bottles lay on the floor of the rear chamber of the tomb, the only room that contained no human bones. Pfälzner thinks this chamber held a low bed on which the spirit of the king's father was believed to recline during monthly banquets. Ancient people from the Babylonians to the Israelites believed that as the living remembered and cared for the dead, so the dead would remember and care for the living.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 50mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Artificial day light
Special Equipment or Comments: Copying stand


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