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Sweida, (SANA) The Sweida Antiquities Department said a unique statue of the Aramaic God of Weather, Adad, was found in the village of Aws in Sweida.
In a statement to SANA, Head of the Department Hussein Zein Eddin said that the artifact dates back to the Aramaic era, approximately the 7th century BC, and is the third statue for Adad, adding that the two previous versions are in the National Museum in Damascus and Tal al-Ashaari in Daraa.
The basalt sculpture is 130 cm high and 60 cm wide, adding that the finding came during an expedition in Aws area.
The house where the statue was found was built in 1914. Aws is home to various collections of writings, carvings and antiques from the Nabataean, Aramaic and Islamic periods.
M. Nassr/ H. Said
Adad, weather god of the Babylonian and Assyrian pantheon. The name Adad may have been brought into Mesopotamia toward the end of the 3rd millennium bc by Western (Amorite) Semites. His Sumerian equivalent was Ishkur and the West Semitic was Hadad.
Adad had a twofold aspect, being both the giver and the destroyer of life. His rains caused the land to bear grain and other food for his friends; hence his title Lord of Abundance. His storms and hurricanes, evidences of his anger against his foes, brought darkness, want, and death. Adad’s father was the heaven god Anu, but he is also designated as the son of Bel, Lord of All Lands and god of the atmosphere. His consort was Shalash, which may be a Hurrian name. The symbol of Adad was the cypress, and six was his sacred number. The bull and the lion were sacred to him. In Babylonia, Assyria, and Aleppo in Syria, he was also the god of oracles and divination. Unlike the greater gods, Adad quite possibly had no cult centre peculiar to himself, although he was worshiped in many of the important cities and towns of Mesopotamia, including Babylon and Ashur, the capital of Assyria.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
Horns, in Sumerian depictions, usually indicated a deity.