This photo has been shared online many times claiming to show a Hittite carved crystal hedgehog, from Anatolia, ca. 1500 B.C.E.
Although the Hittites did indeed make some stunning crystal sculptures, this one stood out as being extraordinary and I wanted to check if it was real.
I am no expert on the matter but it just seemed machine made and rather modern.
No museum, no gallery, no archaeology journal has mentioned it anywhere, there is nothing in Turkish or English to be found.
The oldest and only source of this image is a tumblr post by user willigula from August the 29th, 2016. dating back to 2016 with the added description of “My dad has weird things in his house”, suggesting that the object belongs to the father of the person who took the picture and shared it.
I managed to trace the owner of the Tumblr account and asked this Mr. Herold about the origin of the crystal hedgehog.
Mr. Herold repeated that the crystal belongs to his father who collects Anatolian antiquities.
But when I asked him to ask his father more about where the object came from and perhaps take another photo for me Mr. Herold stopped responding.
Even when I told him I would assume the origin of the item was dubious and most likely fake if he kept ignoring my requests for more information , he did not respond even though he had received my messages.
Upon close examination you can clearly see that a perfect tunnel has been bored into the hedgehog, suggesting it is a bead or a necklace.
I think that this could just a modern craft and hobby bead.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to trace the origin of the actual object.
So at the moment I have to stick with being highly doubtful of its description as being a Hittite carving but I can’t quite prove it.
If someone recognises this bead or can actually show me evidence that it is indeed a Hittite carving please let me know, being unsure is driving me mad.
If you see the picture shared online with a claim of authenticity, please direct the person posting it to this article.
Picture(s) found online, used for (re-)educational purposes only.
I do not own the copyrights to this picture, I only share it here for educational purposes to try and make sure the real story behind it becomes known and people will stop spreading false information.
If the copyright owner objects to the sharing here, kindly contact me and I shall remove it right away.