Vessel In The Form Of A Pig


In Syria, the pig was domesticated at the same time as cattle, in about 7000 BC, when goat and sheep raising was already well established. Wild pigs lived in marshy regions receiving more than 300 millimeters of rain each year and in wooded areas. Hog raising spread quickly, since the pig is the fastest-breeding domestic animal and represents an important source of protein. However, as the Near East was deforested and complex societies developed, pork consumption diminished. With the introduction of religious precepts prohibiting pork, people stopped eating it altogether.


  • Date: 3200 BC

  • Material: Terra cotta

  • Item Dimensions: 30 x 25 cm

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • National Museum Of Aleppo (2011) – ALEPPO M 10167

  • Index Code: Alp 080

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