University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: B2546
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Iraq
Nippur
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Iconography:Wheel
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur I,1889
Other NumberPBS XVI: 240 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: Terracotta wheel, simple, thicker in center (whorl)
PBS XVI: Chariot. Wheels and horses, a conventional pole and yoke are added. The Sumerian pole was a curved piece of wood, reinforced by rings, rising from below the ox, over the back of the animals, and connected by a pin to the yoke resting on their necks. A rein ring with a mascot figure was fixed on the high curve, and a bull’s or lion’s head in metal decoration the end of the pole. The seat inside of the box sometimes resembles a saddle and is covered with a leopard skin on a relief from Ur. Chariot: B2451; Wheel: B2546; Wheel: B15489; Horse: B15482; Horse: B15536


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