Animal Figurine


From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 31-43-489
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area AD
Locus SIS 7, AD, Papuskal box
Section Near Eastern
Materials Clay
Iconography Dog

Unbaked clay figurine of a seated dog.

Man and Animals: "ca. 1600-1100 BC. H. 5.9 cm L. at base 3.8 cm. Clay figurines of dogs, seated or standing, were set beheath the floors of houses. They were found singly or in groups of up to five; some bore traces of paint. Sometimes they were placed next to protective figurines konn as "Papsukkal" figures. The latter were placed in mudbrick boxes containting rirtual foodstuffs and were set under the floors of houses near walls or next to door jambs. The presence of these figurines has been taken to indicate the religious nature of the sturctures in which they were found."

Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1931
Other Number U.16159E - Field No SF

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