Following the collapse of the Hittite Empire around 1180 BC strange new religions emerged amongst The People of a Thousand Gods.
Kutullu appears to have been worshipped as an aspect of Illuyankas the great sea dragon. Few inscriptions remain and little is known of his cult. This statue hastily buried by priests before his temple fell to invaders is the only known image of the deity.
Cthulhu is approximately 9 inches (22.5cm) tall, including his base, and weighs approximately 330g.
Your Syro-Hittite Cthulhu is one of 616 and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
I have a fondness for Syro-Hittite art, particularly the many tiny clay idols these people produced. They manage to combine a sort of simplistic home-made charm with something utterly alien and incomprehensible. It’s as if the people who made them were trying to take something indescribable and force it into a familiar form.
The people who created these images were deeply religious, perhaps to the point of paranoia. They added the gods of most of the surrounding nations and tribes to their own already considerable pantheon, in an attempt to placate the forces that had reduced their once proud empire to chaos.
Most of the invaders they feared came from the sea and this is reflected in their mythology. Amongst their many gods were Dagon and a sea dragon known as Illuyanka, so it didn’t seem too unlikely to me that they’d have included Cthulhu amongst their thousand gods.
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