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Sealing

Object Number:33-35-345
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: PG. Pit W. SIS 4-5
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1933
Other Number:U.18404 - Field No SF
UE III: 387 - Other Number
731 - Other Number

Description

UE III: ritual offering at the shrine of the spread eagle. The panelled door with side buckles is surmounted by the emblematic bird, the Sumerian im-gig. Outside the gate under a canopy stands the main person, king or god, to whom are brought the offerings. His hands are clasped, with his elbows at a sharp angle. He wears a flounced skirt, and a diadem is tied about his head. The grassy plant and the goat at his feet may be a symbol of his activity as protector of flocks and herds. More kids or lambs are represented crouching or jumping in the field above the worshippers. Over these simple offerings of the shepherd a priest entirely nude performs the libation, holding by neck and foot the ritual jar with a long spout. He is followed by two women who bring liquid offerings in jars of different types and size, containing probably milk, oil and beer. They wear long hair and a tunic reaching to the feet. Two fragments. Clay sealing. Baked and shellacked post-excavation. Fragment impressed with apparent milking scenes and round-topped huts.

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