Courtesy of the Oriental Institute Museum, The University of Chicago

Cylindrical pottery stands: These stands come in one- and two-piece forms. Most numerous are two-piece stands such as this 12th-century B.C. example from Megiddo with a bell-shaped base. Two windows penetrate the base. Above the windows, two low ridges and a collar of projecting petals encircle the base. The petals may represent lotus leaves. Similar petals decorate the bowl on top, which has on its underside a knob that fits into the hollow stand. A pin, passing through holes pierced in the stand and the knob, fastens the bowl and stand together. Marks of fire in the bowl”s basin indicate that this stand was used for burnt offerings.