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Uruk (Early Suermian period) : Alabaster trough

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Title: Uruk (Early Suermian period) : Alabaster trough
Author(s): Strommenger, Eva
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;sculpture;stone;book scan
Description: This oblong trough with rounded base, like the alabaster vase from Uruk, probably belonged to the furnishings of Inanna's temple, since two reed bundles project from each of the reed huts in the centre of the long sides. The same symbols frame the scenes and appear in pairs on both short sides. Reed huts built in the same manner are still used in the marshes of southern Mesopotamia to house both men and animals. The hut on the trough was used as a sheepfold, and a lamb steps out on either wide facing the ewe and the ram.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4105


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