This will “hold water”; some ancient goblets have floral designs. The Atchana Ware Painted Goblet at Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum has such floral designs. (The Oriental Institute Museum is part of the University of Chicago. Its address is 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, Ill., 60637.)
In the Syro-Anatolian Gallery (Anatolia is present-day Turkey.), museum visitors can see this goblet. Archaeologists discovered this pottery at Tell Atchana; Tell Atchana is the modern name for the site of ancient Alalakh. Potters produced this piece between 1600 B.C. and 1200 B.C.
Although this goblet is definitely art to us modern-day humans, ancient Anatolians may have used it to drink wine. Consisting of fine clay, and displaying intricate, floral designs, this goblet’s owner was probably a wealthy person. (Rococo art also has intricate, floral designs.)
The Syro-Anatolian Gallery is between the Megiddo Gallery and the Assyrian Empire Gallery. (Megiddo is a city in ancient Palestine. The Assyrian Empire, which at one time stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, lasted from approximately 1900 B.C. to 600 B.C.) In two, previous articles, I write about two, other items in the Syro-Anatolian Gallery—a column base and sphinx.
Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum displays art from the ancient Middle East: Anatolia (Turkey), Assyria (Iraq), Canaan and Israel, Egypt, Nubia (Sudan) and Persia (Iran). This museum has a Mesopotamian Gallery. (Mesopotamia was between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.)
The Oriental Institute Museum is open Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; on Mondays it is closed. Sundays’, open hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays’, Thursdays’ and Saturdays’, open hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays’, open hours are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the museum will accept donations.