The Uruk Trough

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 06 September 2017
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This object is one of the earliest examples of formal religious art from Mesopotamia. It was probably a cult object in the temple of Inanna (Ishtar); it cannot be used as a trough or basin. The carving shows sheep approaching a reed hut from which lambs emerge. The meaning of the scene is unknown but probably it reflects the fertility of flocks under the protection of Inanna. The high volutes on either sides of the hut and elsewhere are symbols of the goddess Inanna. Late Uruk Period, 3300-3000 BCE. From Uruk (Warka), Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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