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Fountain

Object Number:B1815
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Early Babylonian
Provenience: Iraq
Nippur
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Plaster
Iconography:Bird
Other Number:PBS XVI: 217 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: Fragment of an early Babylonian terracotta fountain, 3 fragmentary birds decorating outside, excavated during 3rd expedtion. cfs. B9447 and B9448. Original in Musee Imperial Ottoman.

PBS XVI: The winged dragons of Ninlil on a fragment of the same fountain (as B9447 and B9448). The dragons wear a collar, like so many tame dogs. Their eyes are pellets of clay. Their spots may imitate the leopard skin, or probably the snake scales. The dragons of Enlil and of Marduk have their bodies covered with the scales of a snake and so have the dragons on the libation vase of Gudea. Cast of the original in Constantinople.

Bibliography:

[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1930. Terra-Cottas from Nippur.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Press. ed. Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XVI. pg. 1-52, 445 plates Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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