University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: B15396
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Iraq
Nippur
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Iconography:Shrine
Deity
Lance
Emblem
Height: 11.9cm
Width: 6.5cm
Depth: 4.7cm
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur, 1900
Other NumberPBS XVI: 158 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: Small clay shrine with statute of a god. Outside decorated with 2 lances and emblem.
PBS XVI: God in his shrine. Hand-modelled, primitive type. The pinched nose, pellet eyes, the turban decorated with pellets, the beard a piece with markings, are as usual. Incisions across the breast represent the fringed shawl passing over the left shoulder. An added band with markings below the left hand is another fringe and angle of the shawl, covering the left arm. The bare right arm has a bracelet. The right hand has an unusual curious position, close to the mouth, to amplify the voice or deliver the oracle. The right hand has an unusual curious position, close to the mouth, to amplify the voice or deliver the oracle. The feet are lost in a spreading base. It is hard to identify the god.
The mud shrine is a small covered recess large enough for the standing statue. The open gate is arched. It is decorated outside with two colossal lances planted point up, twelve or thirteen pellets framing the aperture, and a coat of arms above. The pellets are perhaps clay cones…. The broken clay relief above the door was probably the emblem of the god, animals in heraldic attitude, crossed lions or crossed bulls, or a spread eagle, or perhaps a crescent moon.


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