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Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : Soundbox of a harp, c. 2900-2460 BC

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Title: Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : Soundbox of a harp, 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;musical instruments;mosaic & inlay;book scan
Description: Probably an evocation of the myth of Gilgamesh, which epic had by then assumed its literary (though still oral) form and was chanted by bards to a musical accompaniment. Above, naked Gilgamesh grappling with two human-headed bulls, then animals impersonated men : a dog with a dagger, preparations for a banquet at which an ass will play the lure, a jackal the sistrum and tambourine, and a bear will dance. Next a scorpion-man followed by a gazelle. -- University Museum, Philadelphia.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4140


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