From: Iraq | Nippur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B7294
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iraq | Nippur
Section Near Eastern
Materials Terracotta

PBS XIV: The fishman with the spouting vase. The streams escape right and left and are received in two small round vases on the ground. Two fishes swim above, a symbol of Ea, the god of springs and of the deep abyss. The fishman has long beard and long air and a round mitre adorned with one pair of horns after the style of an Assyrian genius. The fishman is popular in the Cassite and Assyiran periods and not found much earlier.

“…sag-dis//…me-tuk-an//… an me-en//…zu//…ba//…ba-ni//…Nin-il.”

Seal impress. on a fragment of clay bulla with marks of strings on the back. Nippur.

Matthews: Cylindrical bulla, impressionson curved surface and top, cloth impression on back, stringmarks. 18 (ext) x 43. Composite. Inscription in six vertical lines. A fishman with water flowing over his shoulders into vessels on either side. Fish, probably above both shoulders. Traces of a fish above may be part of a frieze or conceivably of anotehr fishman of similar size. Cap: ??-hbone-gran.

Credit Line Babylonian Expedition to Nippur I-IV, 1888-1900
Other Number PBS XIV: 539 - Other Number | P262318 - CDLI Number

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