Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Two Hittite kings each dressed as the sun god stand on the top row of this 13th century B.C. ivory from Megiddo. Each of the gods is flanked by Hittite demigods. On top of each representation of the Hittite king is a winged disc, a familiar motif in Hittite art. Below the pair of kings are three rows of demigods standing on four bulls.

This portrayal of the kings as sun gods, is almost identical to the sun god portrayal at the rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya, although it was found far to the south at Megiddo in central Israel. Perhaps royal Hittite refugees brought this ivory casket plaque with them to the palace at Megiddo where it was found.