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Fara-Ur I period : Votive plaques, c. 2900-2460 BC

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Title: Fara-Ur I period : Votive plaques, c. 2900-2460 BC
Author(s): Parrot, Andre
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;sculpture;stone;book scan
Description: Khafaje votive plaque (above) showing banquet scene with man & woman as guests of honour
the middle band shows preparations for banquet
and below is a chariot
some say such scenes represent the New Year's celebrations, when "sacred marriage" rites were performed to ensure fertility of the soil. Telloh plaque, partly mythological, shows a naked celebrant ofering libation to the goddess of the mountain. Al-'Ubaid plaque shows human-headed bull attacked by a lion-headed eagle, typical of four types of figures (grouped in pairs) - man and bull, eagle & lion - who play major roles in this art.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4126


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